Court Interpreting Services provide, coordinate and oversee foreign language interpreters for court proceedings in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties. The office employs three Spanish-language interpreters and utilizes the services of freelance interpreters who work on a per diem basis. Spanish is the most common foreign language for which interpreter services are used, but other languages include Russian, Vietnamese, Hungarian, Portuguese, Cambodian, Czechoslovakian and Tagalog, to name a few.
Court interpreters are language professionals whose role is to place non-English speakers on equal footing with English speakers of similar educational and cultural background, by removing the language barrier. They provide these services without omission, embellishment, or explanation by interpreting accurately and faithfully in the simultaneous, consecutive and sight-translation modes.
Foreign language interpreters are provided for litigants, witnesses and other participants in felony, misdemeanor, delinquency, dependency, domestic violence injunction, child support (when initiated by the Department of Revenue), civil commitment and guardianship proceedings. Court interpreters may also be provided in other cases as determined by the court. Interpreter services are provided to individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing in all court proceedings pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Court Interpreting Services office is located in the Volusia County Courthouse, 101 N. Alabama Ave., Suite B-125, DeLand, FL 32724. The phone number is (386) 626-6566.
In order to facilitate the process for requesting and approving interpreter services in family court cases, this form has been developed to be distributed to the requesting parties when a need for foreign language interpreting services has been identified. The form includes a Spanish translation within the same document. The individuals/parties requesting interpreter services can fill out the form on their own and return it to the Court Interpreter’s Office for processing via any one of the methods indicated at the bottom of the form. Once the form is received, processed and approved, the Court Interpreter’s Office will make the necessary scheduling arrangements for an interpreter(s) on the date indicated. Requests for interpreter services for Spanish should be made no less than 5 business days in advance of scheduled court appearances and 10 business days in advance for all other languages. For more details, please see note on lower half of form regarding Administrative Order P-2015-175
For additional information regarding Court Interpreting, visit www.flcourts.org/gen_public/interpret/index.shtml.