The superior court provides interpreters for the following case types:

  • Criminal
  • Traffic
  • Juvenile
  • Domestic violence
Assembly Bill 1657: Interpreters in Civil Proceedings

Effective January 1,  2015 courts may, but are not required to, provide a party interpreter in any civil action or proceeding at no cost to the parties, regardless of the income of the parties. Until sufficient funds are appropriated to provide an interpreter to every party who needs one, courts that do provide civil party interpreters shall do so according to the case type priority order outlined in the bill. To request an interpreter in civil, please click on the link at the bottom of this page. Please return the completed form to the civil clerks office.

The superior court does not provide court interpreters for Small Claims and Civil Matters:

  • If a party calls a witness for whom an interpreter is required, the party shall provide, in advance, for the interpreter and shall be responsible for his or her compensation. You may reach an interpreter coordinator at 559-730-5000 ext 1289 or ext 1231
  • If an interpreter is required to assist the mediation process, a family member should not be used as the interpreter without the consent of the other party and opposing counsel.
  • The interpreter's role shall be limited to that of interpreting, not offering, opinions or suggestions.
  • Request for Interpretors in Civil.  Download the form here.
  • Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Plan.  Download the plan here.