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Court Interpreter

Going through court proceedings with an inexperienced court interpreter can risk the freedom, justice, and even the rights of any person involved in the judicial system. Therefore, at Cal Interpreting & Translations (CIT), we strive to give our clients the highest-quality language services with our team of talented and qualified interpreters.

At CIT, our comprehensive court interpreters service is integral to the thousands of lives it touches every year within the court system in California and across the United States.

CIT’s founder is a licensed attorney with extensive knowledge of the state and federal courts. You can count on our professional responsibility and commitment to strict quality control in interpretation. In addition to our foreign language interpreters, we offer sign language interpreters, document translation, and interpreting equipment.

What Is Court Interpreting?

Court interpreters have an exceedingly important job of helping foreign language speakers understand and communicate effectively during court proceedings in both federal and state courts. This includes court interpreting services for civil and criminal courts for either a witness, defendant, or other persons who speak foreign languages or are deaf.

The court interpretation process involves verbal or written translation services from a qualified interpreter who can provide clear and accurate communication during court proceedings. Common court proceedings include situations like a pretrial conference, deposition, trial, arraignment, preliminary hearing, sentencing, etc.

A court interpreter must be fluent in both the original and target languages and be familiar with legal terminology and other information regarding domestic and international legal systems.

Different Types of Court Interpreting Services

In general, court interpreters (both lingual and sign language interpreters) work in two different ways:

Simultaneous Interpretation: With a simultaneous interpreter, the translation follows the primary speaker's words in real-time without interrupting the natural flow of the speaker.

Consecutive Interpretation: In this situation, the speaker will interpret the meaning of the speaker's words whenever the speaker pauses to wait for interpretation, usually every few sentences. Most court interpreters take notes to ensure that they provide accurate and complete communication.

It can be very complex and challenging to understand the legal ramifications, figurative speech, and slight nuances of a foreign language speaker, then provide a swift translation, which is why the process of becoming a qualified interpreter is quite rigorous.

To become certified, an interpreter must have adequate education, experience, and formal training, plus any qualifications the court requires.

Do I Need Court Interpreting?

At CIT, we often field this question from our potential clients. Court interpreters provide an essential service that ensures the court system runs smoothly and fairly. For non-English speakers, deaf, or otherwise hard-of-hearing persons, it’s imperative to contact us before your upcoming court date or proceeding.

Our qualified interpreters and translation services are essential to ensure that you can completely understand your court proceedings, whether you're a witness or defendant. If you don't speak the native language, how can you perceive the back-and-forth process of a court hearing or other proceeding? This type of service doesn't just benefit you; it also helps the justice system and ensures that fair proceedings occur on both sides of the law.

What Types of Cases and Proceedings Require Court Interpreting?

You should begin the process of searching for a traditional linguist or sign language interpreter as quickly as possible when you have an upcoming hearing or session with the courts. Here are some of the types of cases that we handle here at CIT:

  • Civil cases
  • Criminal cases
  • Appeals cases
  • Family law cases
  • Traffic cases
  • Probate cases
  • Lawsuits
  • Landlord/Tenant cases
  • Small claims cases
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Juvenile dependency
  • Child support cases
  • Mental health cases
  • Parental rights cases
  • Guardianship and conservatorship cases

Court Proceedings Interpreting Services from the Expert Linguists at CIT

Our interpreters have an array of court interpreting skills that make them experts. Here's our business, by the numbers:

  • 1,350,000 translations in courts
  • 12,000+ clients served
  • 12,000+ language interpreters worldwide
  • 250+ languages spoken

Our court interpreters are ready to face any challenge that comes along with court interpreting, as these situations can be very sensitive. We utilize rigorous quality control and feedback standards to ensure that our clients receive one-of-a-kind, culturally appropriate court interpreting services they can count on during some of the most important experiences of their lives.

Why Choose CIT as Court Language Interpreters?

Why should you choose the court interpreters at CIT? Dealing with the court can be highly stressful, and the impact of failing to understand the legality of the proceedings can have long-lasting consequences upon your life. Here are the many reasons why over 12,000 clients have chosen CIT for our professional court interpreters service.

Professional Responsibility and Ethics You Can Count On

No matter what court interpreter you work with from CIT, you can trust that they will provide a level of professionalism and exceptional service. Each of our interpreters is certified to give you confidential, professional, and compassionate service. We help persons from all walks of life, including those that don’t speak the native language and those who are deaf or otherwise hard-of-hearing and require sign language interpreters.

We're Ready to Help You

We promise to provide our language services to you any time you need them, with availability 24 hours a day and seven days a week. You can reach us anytime by calling us toll-free at (888) 737-9009. We also offer our "Rush Service," which is for your emergency court interpreting needs – and without additional fees.

Quality Standards You Can Trust

At CIT, we hold our certified court interpreters and language specialists to a strict quality standard. With over 250 languages spoken by our interpreters, we provide extensive training to ensure that our staff understands the full responsibilities of their assignment and provides exceptional service.

Competitive Rates

Another reason why clients choose our court interpreting services is our ability to provide highly competitive rates. We periodically evaluate the pricing and rates of all California and state interpretation and translation services and analyze every factor on a case-by-case basis to ensure that our clients receive a fairly priced and customized court interpretation service.

You can request a quote on our website by submitting information about the type of court interpreter service you need.

Confidential Court Interpreters Service

Our interpreters adhere to a strict code of professional conduct to ensure confidentiality, professional relationships, and an accurate interpretation without embellishments, editing, or omissions.

We take every precaution to keep your personal information private and confidential, and each certified interpreter on our team follows all state and federal guidelines regarding confidentiality in courts.

Cal Interpreting & Translations: One-of-a-Kind Interpreter Services

At CIT, we know that dealing with the courts is already stressful, even more so for people who don’t speak English fluently. So to ensure that our clients receive the best possible service, each interpreter on the CIT team undergoes in-depth training and has experience working in civil and criminal court systems.

Our court interpreter service is essential for deaf or hard-of-hearing persons and non-native English speakers who must go through court proceedings. Our interpreters speak over 250 other languages to provide customized, culturally appropriate, and accurate court translation services.

Call us at CIT toll-free now at (888) 737-9009 to speak with our team and request a quote for your court interpretation needs.

CIT By The Numbers

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Worldwide Linguists

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Clients Served

12,000 +

Worldwide Linguists

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Clients Served

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