Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center
175 NW 1st Avenue
Miami FL 33128
Official Job Description
Official Job Title:
Certified Court Interpreter - (English/Spanish) - Department of Translation & Interpretation (State/County Funded)
) + Benefits
40 hours per week
Certified Court Interpreter
Certified Court Interpreter
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.
• Complies with all requirements, including continuing education and compliance requirements to remain active as a Certified Court Interpreter by the Court Interpreter Certification and Regulation Program (CICRP).
• Performs related work as required.
Graduation from college with a Bachelor’s Degree in English, the source language, or a closely related field; requires valid certificate as a certified court interpreter issued by the Florida State Courts System’s Office of the State Courts Administrator; Renewal and Continuing Interpreter Education (CIE) Compliance Requirement every two years; and experience as an interpreter; or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the following knowledge, abilities, and skills:
• 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.
*Provisionally approved interpreter - $37,756 plus benefits (State Funded)
*Provisionally approved interpreter - $38,076 plus benefits (County Funded)
For details on how to become a State of Florida certified spoken language court interpreter and the certification process, please visit:
Work involves a significant amount of standing, walking, sitting, talking and listening; must be able to transfer up to 10 pounds.
Vallid certificate as a certified court interpreter issued by the Florida State Courts System’s Office of the State Courts Administrator; Renewal and Continuing Interpreter Education (CIE) Compliance Requirement every two years. Must possess a valid Florida Driver’s License.
Do you have a Bachelor's degree in English, Spanish or a closely related field?
Are you a certified court interpreter by the Florida State Courts System’s Office of the State Courts Administrator?
Do you have experience as an interpreter in the legal field or the Court system?
How many years of experience as an interpreter do you have in the legal field or the Court system?
Are you proficient in the Spanish language?
Do you have concerns about going to jail on a daily basis to provide interpreting services to defendants inside the jail cells?
Are you comfortable translating slang and profanities?
Are you proficient in Miscrosoft Office Suites, (Outlook, Word and Excel)?
Do you have a valid Florida Driver's License?
Are you currently employed by the Eleventh Judicial Circuit?
If you are not yet a certified court interpreter, are you a provisionally approved interpreter?
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