Q: How do I become a court interpreter?

We don’t often get a question about employment with the courthouse, so of course this question made it to our legal reference question of the week!

Court interpreters interpret for witnesses or defendants, who have little or no understanding of the English language, in criminal or civil court proceedings. To become a court interpreter, the person must have an extensive vocabulary and must be able to accurately interpret for individuals.

To be eligible to become a court interpreter, a person must first register with the Judicial Council of California and pass a written and oral exam. After obtaining the interpreter certification, the person may then apply with the San Diego Superior Court for a position as a court interpreter, if there are any openings in the language that person speaks.

For current job openings at the San Diego Superior Court, check out their employment page.