Current Job Opportunity


February 16, 2018

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Position Number


Position Title

Court Interpreter - Certified (Spanish)

Job Location

Fifth Judicial Circuit Court, Ocala, Florida

Salary Range

$3,610.93 (Monthly*)
*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 individuals 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. The position may travel and provide services to all the five counties of the circuit as needed.

Education and Training Guidelines


  • Bachelor's degree in English; the source language, or a closely related field.


  • Two years of court/legal related experience.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations Required

  • Have and maintain a valid identification number as a "Certified Court Interpreter" signifying admission to the registry of certified court interpreters maintained by the Office of State Courts Administrator (OSCA), Florida State Court System, as per Rule 14 of the Florida Rules of Court.
  • Possession of a valid "E" Florida Driver's License, with an acceptable driving record required.


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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Listens to speakers’ statements during regular court proceedings and prepares interpretations, or interprets statements simultaneously or consecutively into specified languages orally. Translates documents and recorded materials presented in court from a source language to a target language. Provides interpreting services for court appointed psychological evaluations and competency evaluations.
  • Maintains message content, context and style as much as possible during interpreting process. Testifies as expert witness regarding accuracy of documents translated for court proceedings. Collects and inputs data for statistical purposes concerning the number and type of interpreting tasks performed.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with coworkers, management, staff and the public in a courteous and professional manner, both verbally and in writing. Effective use of business English, spelling, grammar and punctuation. Ability to research information and analyze data. Ability to prepare worksheets containing statistical data.
  • Ability to handle sensitive matters before the court with integrity and confidentiality. Ability to handle multiple tasks with deadline requirements. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with many interruptions. Ability to utilize word processing applications, e-mail, specialized hardware and software applications and the Internet.

How to Apply

Submit a current and complete State of Florida application and verification of required education (i.e., copy of high school diploma, college degree or college transcript) to:

Office of the Court Administrator
Robin Hamel, Court Operations Consultant
Lake County Judicial Center
P.O. Box 7800
Tavares, FL 32778
(352) 253-1607

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 5:00 pm 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, genetic information or disability.

If you need an accommodation to participate in the application/selection process, please call (352)253-1607. Persons using a TDD may call the contact person through the Florida Relay Service 1-800-955-8771.