Interpreters & Language Access
Court proceedings are conducted in English. If a party or a witness does not speak English well, he or she may need an interpreter to testify, to speak to the judge, and to understand what others are saying in a proceeding. Certified and registered court interpreters are specifically trained to interpret in court proceedings. If you need language assistance, you should ask the court if it can provide a court interpreter by completing local form ALA-INT-001 (see below).
• There is no charge for the services of a court appointed interpreter.
• Criminal & Traffic Matters. Do not use form ALA-INT-001 for criminal or traffic cases. If you are a defendant or a witness in a criminal matter, you may tell your attorney (or the DA) that you need an interpreter; if you are a traffic defendant, when you come to court to get a date set for a hearing, please let the clerk at the filing window know that you need an interpreter.
• Interpreters are neutral and bound to confidentiality.
• Note: Although the court attempts to meet all requests, the court is not always able to provide an interpreter in every language or in every civil case.
How to Request a Court Interpreter
Click on the link below for the local interpreter request form and instructions:
- Farsi (Persian)
How to Become a Court Interpreter
Laney College Language Interpreter Certificate Program
Laney College in Oakland currently provides a language interpretation certificate program with the support of the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda. For more information regarding their innovative interpretation programs, please visit Laney College's website