Interpreter - Spanish (Full-Time, Part-Time an IPT)

Sacramento Superior Court

Job Category
Professional Services
Job Type : Full-time
Posted : 2023-04-09

Under general supervision, performs a wide variety of language interpretation activities on an assigned and as-needed basis for the Superior Courts of California and for parties to proceedings, including witnesses, defendants, attorneys, other court personnel and the public.


Performs consecutive and simultaneous interpretation of courtroom proceedings and other related interpreting services as needed. In addition, performs sight translation (orally interpreting written text) as needed.

Examples of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

1. Interprets from and into English and the applicable non-English language using simultaneous and consecutive modes at Court proceedings and for other court-related services at the direction of the court.

2. Performs sight translation of documents including, but not limited to, court petitions, reports, waivers, plea forms, letters and other documents.

3. Interprets for judges, attorneys, court staff, the public and other court-related departments at the direction of the court.

4. Notifies the court of any issues or situations that may impede the interpreters’ performance.

5. Researches and understands terminology used in court and functions of the court which may include but not be limited to legal, technological, scientific and/or medical terminology.

6. Reviews the daily docket and receives daily calendar assignments from the Operations Manager or Court Services Coordinator and accurately completes daily activity logs, or other documentation as required.

7. May be required to perform services at any court location and can opt to be cross-assigned to other courts when released to do so.

8. Performs related interpreter duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a valid certificate as a Certified Court Interpreter in Spanish issued by the Judicial Council of California on behalf of the State of California.

Knowledge of:

Correct usage of English grammar and vocabulary in English and the applicable non-English language; simultaneous interpretation, consecutive interpretation and sight translation; legal concepts and forensic terminology in both English and applicable non-English language; regional and cultural variations in the applicable language; interpreter ethics and standards, in accordance with California Rules of Court, Rule 2.890 Professional Conduct for Interpreters and the Standards and Ethics for California Court Interpreters.

Ability to:

Communicate clearly and effectively verbally and in writing; orally convey meaning from and into English and the applicable non-English language by interpreting in the simultaneous, consecutive and sight translation modes; convey meaning accurately and completely, without editing, summarizing, embellishing, or omitting; correctly use grammar and vocabulary of English and specified non-English language, provided the source language speaker is using correct vocabulary and grammar; interpret accurately and remain impartial including in adversarial and emotionally charged situations; carry out duties in accordance with policies, procedures and scope of responsibility; understand and follow written and oral instructions; understand and adhere to California statutes, Rules of Court, and Court Personnel Policies; maintain confidentiality of Court documents and records; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted during the course of the work; use office equipment, including computer, telephone and copiers; use transmitter and receiver equipment provided by the Court for simultaneous interpretation; use laptop provided by the Court for remote interpretation; conduct ongoing research in variations in terminology and usage of the applicable language; interact professionally and cooperatively with those contacted in the course of work.

Other Information

Must be able to pass a criminal history information background check.

Possession of a valid Class “C” Driver’s License, or the equivalent, or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.

The following is an explanation of the benefits, which apply to those employed in regular or limited-term positions:

Vacation: Vacation with pay varies depending upon the employee representation unit. New employees typically earn 10 days per year and accrual rates normally increase according to years of service.

Holidays: The Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento recognizes 14 holidays and 2 floating holidays per year.

Sick Leave: Employees accrue 4.6 hours per bi-weekly pay period, equivalent to 15 days per year.

Parental Leave: Employees with at least 1 year of service are eligible for paid parental leave upon the birth or adoption of a child.

Retirement: Employees are covered by the Sacramento County Employee's Retirement System (SCERS) and Social Security.

Group Health Insurance: The Court offers several choices of employee and dependent health insurance coverage, with a significant portion paid by the employer.

Dental and Vision Services Plan: Employee and dependent dental and vision insurance plans are provided at no cost.

Life Insurance: Basic employee life insurance is provided at no cost to the employee with additional optional life insurance available at the employee's cost.

Medical and Childcare Flexible Spending Accounts: The ability to deduct a portion of your salary before taxes to apply toward medical expenses and/or child care expenses.

Deferred Compensation: The Court offers a Deferred Compensation Program.

Sacramento Credit Union: The credit union offers loan facilities and systematic savings plans through payroll deduction.

Tuition Reimbursement: The Court reimburses up to $2,400.00 dollars of an employee's educational expenses as outlined in its Tuition Reimbursement policy.

Long Term Disability: A Long Term Disability (LTD) plan is provided at no cost to employees.

Transit Subsidy: The Court provides a transit subsidy to eligible employees based on current policy.

Job Location
Sacramento, California, United States
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