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Department of Translation and Interpretation
Qualified language and sign interpreters for non-English speaking and hearing impaired individuals are ordered by the Court, as mandated by Florida Statutes 90.606 and 90.6063. Sign language interpreters for hearing impaired individuals are also provided under the provisions of the Americans with Disability Act for all Courts. All requests for interpreters are managed by Court Administration and dispatched to full-time staff interpreters or to qualified freelance interpreters.

The Court Interpreters Department was founded in 1979 and expanded in 1982 to include translations of recordings and documents. Over three decades later, the Department remains an invaluable component of the judicial system, with over 50 interpreters translating in more than 350,000 proceedings annually, criminal and traffic jury/non-jury trials. Their expert services are utilized in almost every division of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida.

Court Interpreters are responsible for the accurate interpretation and translation of verbal and written communications from a source language (non-English) to a target language (English) in matters related to judicial proceedings. Court Interpreters facilitate communication between two or more parties in an impartial manner and do not serve as an advocate or perform clerical functions for the party requesting the interpreter.

As Officers of the Court, Court Interpreters are held to a high professional standard of conduct and code of ethics. The confidentiality privilege that exists between an attorney and a client also extends to Court Interpreters. Any information exchanged by the parties may not be revealed.

Simultaneous interpreting is performed continuously (at the same time someone is speaking).

Consecutive interpreting is performed whenever testimony is given. It is the translation of statements after someone has spoken (with pauses between completed statements).

Sight Translation is the oral rendition of a written document from the source language to the target language.

Department of Translation and Interpretation
Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building
1351 N.W. 12th Street, Room 630
Miami, Florida 33125
(305) 548-5352

Hours of operation are from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, excluding court holidays.
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