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.
For additional information regarding Court Interpreting, visit www.flcourts.org/gen_public/interpret/index.shtml.