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Court Interpreters

The Santa Barbara County Superior Court has Spanish-speaking staff at most Clerk's Offices. In the event no bilingual staff is available, the Court provides an over-the-phone interpreter using the services of an outside telephonic language interpretation provider.

The Court assigns Spanish qualified court interpreters at no cost in the following court proceedings:

  • criminal,
  • juvenile delinquency,
  • juvenile dependency,
  • mental health (psych evaluations and mental competency hearings),
  • family law,
  • civil harassment,
  • unlawful detainer (eviction),
  • traffic,
  • small claims, and
  • other limited civil cases.

 

Should litigants, defendants or witnesses need the services of an interpreter, one from the courtroom staff may be requested at the time of the hearing.

For users with family law, small claims, probate, civil harassment, unlawful detainer, and other limited civil cases who speak a language other than Spanish, an interpreter may be requested using form INT-300 "Request for Interpreter" (Civil), which must be e-filed (except for self-represented court users) at the Clerk's Office at least 48 hours before the scheduled hearing. Once received, the Clerk's Office will send notice to the Court Interpreter Coordinator, which in turn will book the services of a qualified court interpreter for the date and time specified in the Request for Interpreter.

When parties in civil matters are being represented by an attorney, the attorney of record shall e-file form INT-300 and, in the event the party will not be present at any hearing for which an interpreter was requested, shall give the Court a 72-hour notice.

The Court will try to provide and interpreter in every language and in every civil case. The Court will provide petitioners/attorneys with a response to let them know whether their request was granted. Sometimes, the Court cannot provide an interpreter in every case.

Sign language Interpreters are also provided at no cost for parties or witnesses who are present and participate in a court proceeding. To request an ASL interpreter in a small claims, unlawful detainer, family law, civil harassment, or traffic court proceeding, court users must file the Judicial Council form MC-410, located under the Court's "American with Disabilities Act" webpage.

Intérpretes en el Tribunal

El Tribunal Superior del Condado de Santa Barbara tiene personal que habla español en la mayoría de las oficinas administrativas del Tribunal. En caso de que no haya personal bilingüe en algún momento, el Tribunal recurre a los servicios de interpretación telefónica que brinda un proveedor externo.

El Tribunal asigna intérpretes judiciales acreditados de español sin costo alguno en las siguientes diligencias:

  • Penal
  • Dependencia de menores
  • Menores delincuentes
  • Salud mental (evaluaciones psicológicas y audiencias para determinar capacidad mental)
  • Derecho de Familia
  • Acoso
  • Desalojo
  • Infracciones de tránsito
  • Demandas de menor cuantía
  • Otros casos en materia civil (cantidad limitada)

 

En caso de que litigantes, acusados o testigos necesiten los servicios de un intérprete, estos pueden pedir dichos servicios dentro de la sala judicial antes de la audiencia.

Las personas que comparezcan a diligencias relacionadas con derecho de familia, demandas de menor cuantía, sucesiones testamentarias, acoso y otros casos en materia civil de cantidad limitada y hablan un idioma diferente al español, deben solicitar los servicios de un intérprete usando el formulario INT-300, el cual debe presentarse en la Oficina Administrativa del Tribunal con una anticipación de por lo menos 48 horas previas a la diligencia.

El Tribunal intentará, por todos los medios, conseguir los servicios de un intérprete de cualquier idioma para todos los casos en materia civil, pero algunas veces será imposible hacerlo. En ese caso, el Tribunal le notificará oportunamente.

 

For additional information on Interpreters, please visit the following links:

 
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