An individual in this position is responsible for the accurate translation of verbal and written communications from one language to another. Work may be performed at various branch courts and/or in a courtroom, judge’s chambers, attorney’s office, jail, detention center or hospital.
• Interprets oral communications from a foreign language to English and vice versa; renders oral interpretation of written text.
• Appears in court, as required, as an expert witness in order to introduce translations into evidence.
• Reviews any material translated with any party involved with a case as required.
• Maintains message content, context and style as much as possible during interpreting services.
• Certifies translations made by others as to the accuracy of the translation.
• Reviews translated material as preparation for trial.
• Interprets for defendants, judges, lawyers, witnesses, social workers, probation officers, investigators, psychologists, state attorneys, and public defenders.
• Interprets at pretrial conferences, during sworn statements, depositions, interviews, investigations, bond hearings, arraignments, the jail, plea bargains, motions, jury and bench trials, sentencings, probation hearings, domestic violence proceedings, court calendars, polygraph examinations, and landlord/tenant disputes.
• Assists with miscellaneous tasks such as on-the-job training for interns as directed by supervisor.
• May be required to work weekends and overtime on a rotation basis.
• Remains current in reference information resources, such as vocabulary in legal, medical and other areas, different cultural features or local and world events.
• Performs related work as required.
Graduation from a four year college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in English, Spanish or a closely related field; Duly Qualified in accordance with the Court Interpreters Program of the Office of the State Courts Administrator (OSCA), Florida State Courts System; and two years of court/legal related experience; or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
• Knowledge of the specialized vocabulary used in the judicial environment.
• Knowledge of the types of judicial proceedings including arraignments, plea bargains, motions, and probation violation hearings and sentencings.
• Ability to translate and interpret fluently from and to different languages (one of the languages must be English). Required language is Spanish. The language may be spoken, written or recorded. The skill level of the language(s) must include slang, vulgarities and normal idioms.
• Ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
• Skill in the use of dictating machines and video/audio cassette recorders.
• Computer literate, skill in using Microsoft Word and Excel.
• Excellent interpersonal skills.
Work involves a significant amount of standing, walking, sitting, talking and listening; must be able to transfer up to 10 pounds.
Must possess a valid Florida Driver’s License. Required to be Duly Qualified in accordance with the Court Interpreters Program of the Office of the State Courts Administrator (OSCA), Florida State Courts System.
Strong communications skills required with the ability to write, speak audibly, clearly and accurately in both English and in Spanish in a diverse environment.