What is an interpreter?

A foreign language interpreter is an individual certified by the Ohio Supreme Court who helps limited English or non-English speaking persons communicate in the Court. Interpreters are certified to convey legal and court-related information in the courtroom. Interpreters are available for persons speaking a foreign language and persons who communicate in American Sign Language.

Parties cannot bring family members or friends with them to Court to act as interpreters.

How does a party request an interpreter?

To request an interpreter, a party or attorney should file a motion with the Court. The Court makes arrangements for interpreters to appear for hearings or trials. They should file their motion at least two weeks before the hearing or trial. In that motion, they must include the date and time of the hearing for which they need an interpreter. They must also specify which language is to be interpreted. The party filing a motion should also include an order for the Judge to sign. This order is the Court’s way of approving the appointment of an interpreter. The Court staff will then use this information to request a foreign language interpreter to be present at the hearing or trial.

Who pays for an interpreter?

The Court pays for the interpreter services.