Current Job Opportunity


July 29, 2013

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Position Number

10338; 10373

Position Title

Court Interpreter - Certified

Job Location

Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court, Miami, Florida

Salary Range

$43,331.15 (Annually*)

The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary.

Job Description

The essential function of the position within the organization is to interpret legal proceedings for non-English speaking or hearing impaired persons to ensure due process. The position is responsible for interpreting the spoken or written word from a source language to a target language, translating court evidence to a target language, testifying as an expert witness regarding accuracy of translated documents or tapes, and collecting statistical data. The position works under direct supervision according to set procedures.

*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.

Education and Training Guidelines

Additional relevant experience may substitute for the recommended educational level on a year-for-year basis and additional relevant education may substitute for the recommended experience on a year-for-year basis.

Bachelor’s degree in English, the source language, or a closely related field and two years of court/legal related experience.

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.


Data Responsibility:
Compiles, examines, or evaluates data or information and possibly recommends action based on results.

People Responsibility:
Provides assistance to people to achieve task completion; persuades or influences others in favor of a service, course of action, or point of view.

Assets Responsibility:
Requires minimum responsibility for only small quantities of low cost items or supplies where opportunities for achieving economies or preventing loss are negligible.

Mathematical Requirements:
Uses addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; may compute ratios, rates, and percentages.

Communications Requirements:
Reads scientific and technical journals, abstracts, financial reports, and legal documents; writes complex translations; makes presentations to professional groups.

Complexity of Work:
Performs coordinating work involving guidelines and rules with constant problem solving; requires continuous, close attention for accurate results or frequent exposure to unusual pressure.

Impact of Decisions:
Makes decisions with moderately serious impact - affects work unit and may affect other units or citizens.

Equipment Usage:
Handles machines, tools, equipment, or work aids involving moderate latitude for judgment regarding attainment of standard or in selecting appropriate items, such as recording equipment, computer or telephone.

Safety of Others:
Requires some responsibility for safety of others and/or for occasional enforcement of the standards of public safety.

Special Comments

*Certified Court Interpreter by the Court Interpreter Certification and Regulation Program (CICRP) of the Office of the State Courts Administrator (OSCA), Florida State Courts System; Biennial Renewal and Continuing Interpreter Education (CIE) Compliance Requirement and experience as an interpreter.

*PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Work involves a significant amount of standing, walking, sitting, talking and listening; must be able to transfer up to 10 pounds.

*COMMUNICATION:  Strong communications skills required with the ability to write, speak audibly, clearly and accurately in both English and in Spanish in a diverse environment. 

*LICENSE AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Must possess a valid Florida Driver;s License.

How to Apply

Please visit the Eleventh Judicial Circuit’s web site at under Job Opportunities to review and apply.

For additional information, questions or concerns, please contact Court Administration at 305-349-7351.

An application must be submitted for the position listing the appropriate class title and position number for which you are applying.

Your application must be received by 5:00pm on the closing date.

The successful applicant will be subject to a criminal background check.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

If you need an accommodation to participate in the application/selection process, please call the contact person at the number indicated for each respective position.

Persons using a TDD may call the contact person through the Florida Relay Service 1-800-955-8771.