Court Interpreter - Spanish Speaking (Open and Promotional)

County of San Mateo

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Posted : 2023-07-07

The Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo, is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Court Interpreter (Spanish-Speaking).

The primary focus of this position is to provide simultaneous interpretation of court proceedings to Spanish-speaking parties. In addition, Court Interpreters may perform a wide variety of other language interpretation activities on an assigned and as needed basis for the Court, litigants, and the public.

Important: This position requires certification as a Court Interpreter with the Judicial Council of California on behalf of the State of California. For more information on how to become certified as a Court Interpreter, please visit the Superior Court of California web site at

The eligible list generated from this recruitment could be used to fill current and future positions, including full-time and part-time positions. If you are interested in working for the Superior Court of California in San Mateo County as a Court Interpreter (Spanish Speaking), you are encouraged to apply.


Certification Requirement:

  • Certification as a Court Interpreter with the Judicial Council of California on behalf of the State of California.

Language Requirement:
  • The ability to speak, read, and write fluently in English and Spanish is required for this position.

Knowledge of:
  • Interpreter ethics and standards, as stipulated in California Rules of Court, Rule 984.4.
  • Professional Conduct of Interpreters.
  • Correct usage of grammar in both English and Spanish.

Skill/Ability to:
  • Concentrate and deliver interpreting services in a busy and fast-paced environment.
  • Adjust to speakers with differing voices and accents at varying rates of speed.
  • Travel to different court locations using own vehicle or utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to travel to different work locations.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with all levels of judicial, professional, administrative, and support personnel.
  • Adhere to the professional code of ethics and protocols as stipulated in California Rules of Court.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Operate office equipment, including computer, telephone, and copiers.


Open and Promotional. Anyone may apply. Current County of San Mateo and County of San Mateo Superior Court of California employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, Confidential and Management extra-help/limited term, and SEIU or AFSCME represented extra help/limited term positions prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.

Important: The supplemental questionnaire must be completed in addition to our regular employment application form.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: pass/fail) based solely on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. A screening committee will select those applicants whose education and/or experience appear to best meet the needs of the position. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a departmental interview (weight: 100%) which may include a writing and/or performance exercise(s) given before, during, or after the interview.

All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be held in San Mateo County and applicants must participate at their own expense.

Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the 'Apply' button. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.

IMPORTANT: This is a continuous recruitment. The screening of applications and subsequent interviews will occur in an ongoing process. The position can be filled at any time. If you are interested in the position of Court Interpreter, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. All applicants will be notified of their status throughout the process.

This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted 5 days in advance in the San Mateo County Human Resources Department.

Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process.

Final Filing Date: Continuous

San Mateo County is centrally located between San Francisco, San Jose, and the East Bay. With over 750,000 residents, San Mateo is one of the largest and most diverse counties in California and serves a multitude of culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse communities. The County of San Mateo is committed to advancing equity in order to ensure that all employees are welcomed in a safe and inclusive environment. The County seeks to hire, support, and retain employees who reflect our diverse community. We encourage applicants with diverse backgrounds and lived experiences to apply. Eighty percent of employees surveyed stated that they would recommend the County as a great place to work. San Mateo County is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels.

Analyst: Sedrick Dixon (06132023) (Court Interpreter - X065)

Job Location
San Mateo, California, United States
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