The Court will provide an interpreter at no cost for the following case types:
- Juvenile Delinquency
- Juvenile Dependency
- Family Law Contempt/Order to Show Cause for failure to pay child support
When funding is available, the Court will also provide an interpreter for:
- Family Law hearing involving Domestic Violence
- Proceeding related to an Elder Abuse Protective Order
- Proceedings related to dependent adult abuse cases
- Family Law hearing in general
- For litigants who need assistance when using family court services
The Court does not provide interpreters for the following:
- Civil proceedings – including Civil Limited, Civil Unlimited, Probate, Small Claims and Unlawful Detainer (landlord/tenant)
The Court does provide Sign Language Interpreters for all case types.
- You may request an American Sign Language Interpreter in the same manner as spoken language interpreters. See How to Request an Interpreter below.
- For other accommodations for persons with disabilities, please visit the ADA section of this website.
- How to Request an Interpreter – cases in which the court provides an interpreter
Information required to submit a request for interpreter:
- Language needed
- Name of person needing the interpreter
- Case number (if one has been assigned)
- Date and time that the interpreter is needed
- Courthouse location and department/courtroom number
There are several ways to request an interpreter:
- Email – Send an email to the Interpreter Coordinator at SJInterpreters@sjcourts.org. You must include the information required as noted above.
- Phone – You may call the Interpreter Coordinator at (209) 992-5364. Please be ready to provide the information required as noted above.
- At your court hearing – You may request an interpreter when you appear in court. If an interpreter is not available, the Court may continue your matter.
To request an Interpreter for a witness:
- How to Obtain an Interpreter When the Court Does Not Provide One
There are two ways for you to obtain the services of an interpreter: