The California Judicial Council adopted a Language Access Plan which provides a statewide approach to ensure language access throughout the courts for limited English proficient (LEP) individuals. The San Diego Superior Court is working to implement the various recommendations included in the Language Access Plan.
The court’s policy is, given available resources and in accordance with applicable law, to provide an interpreter, at no cost, to parties, witnesses, and persons with significant interest in a case; for all courtroom proceedings and all court-ordered, court-operated programs. Court-ordered, court-operated programs include any program, service, or event that is both ordered by the court and operated or managed by the court.
Requesting an Interpreter
A request must be made for each courtroom proceeding and for each court-ordered, court-operated program for which an interpreter is requested and/or cancelled. To request an interpreter, a party may complete the Interpreter Request/Cancellation form (SDSC Form #ADM-348) and should do so as far in advance of the hearing as possible. The Interpreter Request/Cancellation form may be submitted at the business office during normal business hours or mailed to the court location noted on the court paperwork. If an interpreter is not available at the time of the hearing or scheduled program, the court may: continue the case until an interpreter can be assigned, use bilingual staff (if available and appropriate) or utilize a telephone interpreting service. (If the customer has someone available to interpret for him/her, he/she may elect to use that person to interpret if appropriate.)
Canceling an Interpreter
If a previously scheduled interpreter is no longer needed for a court proceeding or program, the court must be notified immediately. To cancel an interpreter, a party may complete the Interpreter Request/Cancellation form (SDSC Form #ADM-348) and should do so as far in advance of the proceeding/program as possible. The Interpreter Request/Cancellation form may be submitted at the business office during normal business hours or mailed to the court location noted on the court paperwork.
American Sign Language Interpreter
To request an ASL interpreter, use Request for Accommodations by Persons with Disabilities and Response (JC Form #MC-410).
Questions regarding the scheduling or cancelling of an interpreter, or for language access assistance, can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The court’s website can be viewed in over 100 languages using the Google Translate icon located in the upper right-hand corner of the webpage.