Current Job Opportunity


July 10, 2014

Closing Date

July 28, 2014

Position Number


Position Title

Court Interpreter - Certified

Job Location

Twentieth Judicial Circuit, Naples, Florida

Salary Range

$3,438.98 Monthly*

*The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary of $41,267.76 annually.

Job Description

Under supervision, Court Interpreters perform a wide variety of language interpretation activities on an assigned and as-needed basis for the 20th Judicial Circuit Courts, and for persons doing business with the courts. Incumbents perform duties as an interpreter for courtroom and other legal proceedings, which may include, but are not limited to, arraignments, preliminary hearing, pre-trial conference, and court trials.

Primary responsibilities include: 1) Interpreting the spoken and written word from and into English and Spanish languages; 2) Translation and Documentation; 3) Research and Development; 4) Performs other duties as assigned.


Examples of Duties

1)     The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification.

  •  Interpreting the spoken and written word from and into English and the applicable non-English language
  • Interprets accurately and completely between English and the Spanish using the three modes of interpretation; simultaneous interpretation, consecutive interpretation, and sight translation.
  • Makes sight translations for the benefit of the Court of documents including, but not limited to, court petitions, reports, waivers, felony disposition statement forms, and other documents.
  • Provides interpretation services for complex and evidentiary types of events such as in-court proceedings, trials, arraignments, hearings, court conferences, plea-bargains or related in-court functions.
  • Provides interpretation services in complex and evidentiary court and other court-related matters for judges, attorneys, court staff, and other justice-related partners.
  • Provides interpretation services for complex and evidentiary matters in an impartial manner without regard to the content of the communication in accordance with accepted methods of practice and standards as prescribed by the Code of Professional Conduct as found in Rule 14.3 of the Florida Rules of court and Professional Ethics and the Role of the Court Interpreter for the State of Florida.
  • Interprets based on personal experience and training and knowledge of the language (including idioms and regional phrasing, appropriate language matches for legal and general terminology, numbers names dates and register/style).
  • Notifies the court of any issues or situations that may impede the interpreters' performance.
  • May provide telephonic interpretation services or assistance where required.
  • Travel throughout circuit providing interpreting services as assigned.
  • Travel for trainings and/or testing, meetings as necessary.

2)     Translation and Documentation

  • Translates documents and recorded materials presented in court from a source language to a target language.
  • Reviews the daily docket and receives daily calendar assignments and accurately completes daily activity logs, or other documentation as required.


3)     Research and Development

  • Remains current in reference information resources, such as vocabulary in legal, medical and other areas, different cultural features or local and world events.
  • Researches and understands terminology used in legal proceedings which may include, but not limited to legal, technological, scientific, and/or medical terminology.


4)     Performs other duties as assigned

  • Assists with scheduling and coordination.
  • Assists with compiling and tabulation of state mandated statistical reporting
  • Responds to customers inquiries, as needed.
  • Assists with miscellaneous tasks as directed by supervisor.

Education and Training Guidelines


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



  • Two years of court/legal related experience.
  • Formal studies in interpretation and translation.


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

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed in this document are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Knowledge of:

  • Spanish Language;
  • Courtroom processes;
  • The Code of Professional Conduct as found in Rule 14.3 of the Florida Rules of Court and Professional Ethics and the Role of the Court Interpreter for the State of Florida;
  • The use of a broad range of vocabulary, including legal terminology, subject-specific terminology, and slang;
  • The types of judicial proceedings including arraignments, plea bargains, motions, and probation violation hearings and sentencing's;
  • The use of cultural nuances, regional variations, idiomatic expressions, and colloquialisms in both working languages;
  • Continued learning of social technological and legal changes that affect language.


Ability to:

  • Preserve accuracy;
  • Write, speak audibly, clearly and accurately in both English and in the applicably non-English language in a diverse environment
  • Concentrate and deliver interpreting services under demanding and noisy circumstances;
  • Speak with proper pronunciation, diction, and intonation in English and non-English languages;
  • Comprehend various regional accents and/or dialectical difference in both working languages;
  • Conserve intent, tone, style, and utterances on both working languages;
  • Travel to locations throughout the circuit as assigned to provide interpreter services;
  • Work other shifts, holidays, and weekends;
  • Maintain the Certified status through OSCA, at your own expense;
  • Attends meetings and training as required;
  • Perform other duties as assigned;
  • Interact professionally and cooperatively with those contacted in the course of work;
  • Effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

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