Is the court required to provide an interpreter?
Yes. In civil and criminal cases, the court is required to provide an interpreter for one of the following:
To get an interpreter, the person or their lawyer can request an order for an interpreter. If there is no request, the judge may still appoint an interpreter. The judge will first test the person’s English by asking them questions.
Who qualifies for an interpreter?
Anyone who has limited English proficiency can get an interpreter. This means someone who:
- Speaks a language other than English as their primary language
- Has a limited ability to read, write, speak, or understand English and
- Needs an interpreter to be able to speak in a court case
Who pays for the interpreter?
You do not have to pay for an interpreter. The court will pay for it.
Updated: March 2018