Interpreter Division

The San Francisco Superior Court’s Interpreter Division offers interpreting services from Court employees and independent contractors proficient in nearly every language. Interpreters are available for litigants, defendants and witnesses in all cases. The California Constitution requires that a person unable to understand English charged with a crime has the right to an interpreter throughout the proceedings. 
Effective January 28, 2015, the San Francisco Superior Court also expanded the case types for which interpreters are made available in accordance with a AB 1657.
The unit has 19 employees and about 60 independent contractors. Spanish is the most frequently used language, followed by Cantonese, Mandarin and Vietnamese. Other widely used languages include Russian, Tagalog, Arabic and Korean. 
How Do I Request an Interpreter?
To request an interpreter, please email [email protected].
Parties involved in Criminal, Traffic, Juvenile, Civil or Family cases also may request the services of an interpreter from the Clerk’s office or the courtroom clerk. If an interpreter is not available at the time of the hearing, the Court may continue the case until an interpreter can be assigned. Parties should request an interpreter when filing a motion or response.