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Frequently Asked Questions


If you are involved in a civil or small claims hearing, the court will not provide you with an interpreter. However, you may bring a relative or friend to interpret for you.

Fresno Superior Court provides interpreting services to all trial court proceedings in criminal, traffic, and juvenile delinquency proceedings. The use of State Certified and State Registered Interpreters are provided to assist the non-English party in their court proceeding. However, due to a shortage of certified/registered interpreters statewide the court may provide a provisionally qualified interpreter (non-certified, non-registered).

Furthermore, through a grant provided by the Judicial Council, Administrative Office of the Courts, we are currently providing interpreters for indigent litigants in family law cases where a Domestic Violence restraining order was sought or issued.

If you are involved in a proceeding for a criminal, traffic, juvenile, or domestic violence matter, you may ask the clerk at the counter or the clerk in the courtroom for an interpreter. If an interpreter is not available at the time of your hearing, the Court may continue your case until an interpreter can be assigned.

If you need an interpreter in any language other than Spanish, you should notify the court as soon as possible as to your language need. If you wait until your court date, you may have to wait until an interpreter can be contacted, or your matter may be continued to a future date.

If your case is located in an outlying court such as Coalinga, Firebaugh, or Reedley, please note that a certified Spanish interpreter is assigned to these locations on a daily basis. If you need any other language, please contact the respective court and request an interpreter in advance of your hearing date.

If you are involved in a civil or small claims hearing, the court will not provide you with an interpreter. However, you may bring a relative or a friend to interpret for you. In addition, Fresno Superior Court is proud to offer (based upon availability) volunteer Spanish interpreters to assist Spanish self-represented litigants in civil cases. The Volunteer Interpreter Bureau is made up of volunteers drawn from community agencies, as well as educational institutions that assist self-represented litigants with translations at the Centro De Recursos Legales or in Court. For more information on either obtaining a volunteer interpreter, or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer yourself, please call (559) 497-7820.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

If you require the services of a sign language interpreter, you may request one at any facility, for any type of hearing you may have. This includes civil hearings, small claims hearings and jury duty. For further information on this and other Access and Accommodation needs please visit the ADA page of this site.

For additional information on Court Interpreting, visit the AOCís Interpreter home page.

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Volunteer Interpreter Bureau

Fresno Superior Court is proud to offer (based upon availability) volunteer interpreters to assist self-represented litigants in civil cases. The Volunteer Interpreter Bureau is made up of volunteers drawn from community agencies, as well as educational institutions that assist self-represented litigants with translations at the Center or in Court. The volunteer interpreters are tested by the courtís Interpreter Department Manager and placed according to their skill level. Certified court interpreters mentor those who are selected for use in the courtroom until they are ready to assist litigants on their own. Most of the volunteers aspire to become certified court interpreters and their ability to assist as a volunteer enables them to strengthen their skills in preparation of the State exam.

If you are fluent in English and Spanish - Become a Volunteer Interpreter through the Centro De Recursos Legales (Spanish Self-Help Center)

As a Volunteer Interpreter you can:

  • Help our Spanish-speaking community gain equal access to our Court system.
  • Explore interpreting as a career.
  • Be mentored by a Certified Court Interpreter and gain first-hand experience in the exciting world of interpreting.
  • Be a part of helping others help themselves.

If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer, call (559) 497-7820

If you are interested in becoming a Certified Interpreter, visit AOCís Becoming an Interpreter home page.

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