Court Interpreter II (Spanish)

City of Cleveland

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Posted : 2023-07-14

Court Interpreter II (Spanish)

Under supervision, Court Interpreters provide a variety of language services on an assigned basis for Limited English Proficient individuals doing business with the court. Incumbents perform duties as an interpreter in cases, court functions, and court ancillary services which may include, but are not limited to, arraignments, preliminary hearings, trials, and probation appointments. Appointees also perform translations and perform administrative duties as required.

Examples of Duties

The following examples are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by personnel assigned to this position. Individuals in this position may not perform all the duties listed below, nor are the duties described intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required of personnel in this position. Other duties may also be assigned.

  • Interprets in the simultaneous, consecutive and sight translation modes in cases conducted by Judges and Magistrates of Cleveland Municipal Court.
  • Interprets in the simultaneous, consecutive and sight translation modes in court functions and ancillary services conducted by judicial officers and employees of Cleveland Municipal Court, which may include, but are not limited to interviews, specialized dockets and other court related services.
  • Adheres to the Supreme Court of Ohio Code of Professional Conduct for Court Interpreters and Translators.
  • Actively participates, shares, and reports on trainings to maintain continuing interpreter education (CIE) credits in order to improve or maintain skills such as in-house trainings, in-house team meetings, Supreme Court sponsored trainings, professional organization trainings as well as additional employee trainings.
  • Maintains records of interpreting and translating activities.
  • Collects, interprets, and analyzes data for the computation and submission of statistical records and reports.
  • Translates and cooperates as a team in the translation and editing process of court related material which includes vital documents and any other assigned translations requested by the Court.
  • Provides quality service that continuously improves, and meets or exceeds public expectations, and that ensures all are treated with courtesy, dignity, and respect.

Minimum Qualifications

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

  • Ability to interpret in consecutive and simultaneous modes for proceedings such as hearings, interviews, and other court-related communicative events.
  • Ability to sight translate specified foreign language or English documents during a proceeding, hearing, interview, and other court-related communicative events.
  • Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.
  • Ability to keep clear, concise, and informative records and reports.
  • Possess excellent grammar, syntax, and proofreading skills in order to perform translation projects assigned by the Court.
  • Must be able to communicate and interact appropriately with judges, administrators, employees, defendants, victims, other agencies, and the public.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize duties.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications, and ability to acquire knowledge and proficient use of computer applications such the Court’s case management system.

Certified by the Supreme Court of Ohio or the ability to obtain reciprocity if certified by another state through the Consortium of the National Center for State Courts. Must be up to date and maintain any requirements regarding continuing interpreter education (CIE) credit hours. High School diploma. College degree preferred. Minimum of three years Court-related/legal or related experience preferred. Basic and working knowledge of legal and medical terminology in both English and Spanish.

Supplemental Information

Information about Court Interpreter Certification can be found at, or by contacting the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Language Services Program.

Language Services Program
Supreme Court of Ohio
65 South Front Street, 6th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3431
Phone: 614.387.9404
Fax: 614.387.9409

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

In accomplishing the responsibilities of this position, the Court expects that the employee will adhere to the mission and values of the Court as well as all Court policies and procedures. In addition, while carrying out the duties of this position, the employee is expected to model high ethical conduct on and off the job, and exhibit a professional and respectful demeanor with all Court employees.

Qualified applicants will be required to submit to testing and may be required to provide writing samples. Proof of education and employment references will be required before final interview. Employment predicated upon successful completion of criminal record check, drug testing, proof of full dose of COVID-19 Vaccination required. You'll be considered a probationary employee for your first 180 days of employment.

The City of Cleveland makes available a variety of benefit options depending upon your employment status and any applicable union membership. In general, benefit options include comprehensive medical, dental, vision, prescription medical and life insurance. Specific information regarding benefit eligibility will be discussed and reviewed at the time of hire.

Job Location
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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