Court Interpreter

Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara - San Jose, CA

Full-time$37 an hour
Salary Range:
$36.74/hour for Eight-hour assignments
$39.95/hour for Four-hour assignments

The Superior Court in the County of Santa Clara is recruiting to establish an eligibility list for both permanent and temporary assignments.

This recruitment requires the submission of an on-line application. No paper applications will be accepted.
An electronic copy of your Resume and your certification as a "Certified Court Interpreter" issued by the Judicial Council of California on behalf of the State of California, or registered as a Court Interpreter by the Judicial Council of California on behalf of the State of California must also be submitted as an attachment to this application submission.

Court Interpreters provide an essential public service, giving assistance to non-English speaking parties. They perform a wide variety of language interpretation activities on an assigned and as needed basis for the court and for parties to proceedings, other court personnel and the public and perform other job related duties as the rate prescribed above for four-hour and eight-hour assignments. Overtime worked in excess of eight hours in a day will be paid in single hour increments of $35.31 per hour. Employment is for no predetermined period of time.

Typical Tasks/Representative Duties:
Interprets from and into English and the applicable non-English language using simultaneous and consecutive modes at court proceedings and for other court related departments at the direction of the court.
Makes sight translations for the benefit of the court of documents including, but not limited to, court petitions, reports, waivers, felony disposition statement forms, and other documents.
Interprets for judges, attorneys, court staff, and other court-related departments at the direction of the court.
Interprets between languages in court proceedings.
Bring to the court's attention any items that may impede the interpreters' performance.
Researches and understands legal terminology used in court and functions of the court.
Receives daily calendar assignments from the Trial Court Interpreter Coordinator or Supervisor and accurately completes daily activity logs, or other documentation as required.

Employment Standards/Typical Qualifications:
Ability to:
Requires the ability to concentrate and deliver interpreting services in a busy and fast-paced environment. Courtroom interpreting requires the ability to adjust to speakers with differing voices and accents at varying rates of speed. Travel within the county is required. Ability to interact professionally and cooperatively with those contacted in the course of work, ability to use office equipment, including computer, telephone and copiers.

Knowledge of:
Interpreter ethics and standards, as stipulated in California Rules of Court, Rule 984.4 Professional Conduct of Interpreters and correct usage of grammar.

Supplemental Information:MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
Certificates and Licenses:
Possession of a valid certificate as a "Certified Court Interpreter" issued by the Judicial Council of California on behalf of the State of California, or registered as a Court Interpreter by the Judicial Council of California on behalf of the State of California.

Learn more about being a court interpreter at:

For information about the Legal and Community Interpreting Program at Laney College, go to:

For information about court interpreter testing, obtaining registered status and other details, check out: or contact Catharine Price at the Judicial Council of California,

A valid California Class "C" driver's license or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.

A screening panel will be convened to select those applicants deemed most qualified to participate in a written and/or oral examination. The examination process will include one or more of the following: application appraisal; written examination; oral examination.

Please note: The Superior Court is establishing an eligibility list from this recruitment which may be used to fill both temporary and permanent vacancies. Please mark your interest clearly on your employment application as to your desire for temporary or permanent employment or both.
The Court provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities. If you are disabled as defined by the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act or the California Fair Employment and Housing Act and will be requesting an accommodation, please contact Sulakshna Chauhan at or (408) 882-2700, to discuss your request. TDD communication is available by calling (408) 882-2787.

The Court must verify the identity and employment authorization of all new employees to comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform & Control Act. This verification is required only after an offer of employment has been made. For further information regarding the required verification, please contact Human Resources at 408-882-2747.