San Bernardino Superior Court - San Bernardino County, CA

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The list resulting from this recruitment will be used to fill current vacancies at Court Districts throughout the County. Incumbents may be assigned to any Court District within the County.

Job Summary
Generally, the work of a court interpreter is performed in a courtroom, clerk’s office or office environment and includes significant contact with judges, court staff, attorneys, and the public. Court interpreters actively participate in court proceedings, providing simultaneous and consecutive interpreting as the parties and witnesses testify on the stand or at mediation sessions, and when attorneys make arguments and present motions. Interpreters also assist in explaining court procedures and provide sight translations of jury instructions and court exhibits.

Essential Functions:

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Interprets from and into English and Spanish language using simultaneous and consecutive modes at court proceedings and for other court-related departments at the direction of the court.
  • Makes sight translations for the benefit of the court of documents including, but not limited to, court petitions, reports, waivers, felony disposition statement forms, and other documents.
  • Interprets for judges, attorneys, court staff, and other court-related departments at the direction of the court.
  • Notifies the court of any issues or situations that may impede the interpreters’ performance.
  • Researches and understands terminology used in court and functions of the court which may include but not limited to legal, technological, scientific, and/or medical terminology.
  • Reviews the daily docket and receives daily calendar assignments from the Trial Court Interpreter Coordinator (or other) and accurately completes daily activity logs, or other documentation as required.
  • Performs other language interpretation duties as assigned, such as providing general court information at an information counter to the Spanish speaking public and processes documents related to interpretation.

  • Minimum Qualifications:

  • Possess and maintain a valid certificate as a “Certified Court Interpreter” issued by the Judicial Council of California on behalf of the State of California, or registered as a Court Interpreter by the Judicial Council of California on behalf of the State of California.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.
  • Note:
    Applicants must submit a copy of current certification in Spanish language by the Judicial Council of California.

    Physical Characteristics:

    Stamina to sit and/or stand and concentrate for extended periods; corrected hearing and vision to normal range.

    Working Conditions
    Work is performed in the courtroom and related court facilities and includes but is not limited to contact with judges, staff attorneys, and the public. The position requires the ability to concentrate and deliver interpreting services in a busy and fast-paced environment. Courtroom interpreting requires the ability to adjust to speakers with differing voices and accents at varying rates of speed. Interpreters come into contact with a wide variety of people from differing educational and economical backgrounds. Travel within the county is required. Travel between counties is required if the interpreter accepts cross assignments.

    Employment is contingent upon passing a pre-placement drug screening and fingerprinting for criminal convictions through the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute a contract expressed or implied and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.

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