Court Interpreter (Cantonese)

  • Superior Court of California, County of Alameda
  • Alameda, California
  • Sep 02, 2022
Full Time Clerical and Administrative Support Court Administration
  • Salary: 38 USD

Job Description

Salary Range

$38.58 - $46.89

Job Description

The Superior Court is accepting applications for the position ofCourt Interpreter. Under general supervision of the Interpreter Services Manager, theCourt Interpreterprovides an essential public service, giving assistance to LEP (Limited English Proficiency) parties; performs a wide variety of language interpretation activities for the court and for parties to proceedings, other court personnel and the public; and performs other related duties as assigned.

The Court is planning to hireone full-timeCourt Interpreter (Cantonese). This position may be assigned to work in any court location, including Alameda, Berkeley, Fremont, Hayward, Oakland, Pleasanton and San Leandro.

Example of Duties

NOTE: The following are duties performed by employees in this classification; however, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all listed duties.

1. Interprets from and into English and applicable non-English language using simultaneous and consecutive modes at court proceedings and for other court-related departments at the direction of the court.

2. Makes sight translations for the benefit of the court of documents, including court petitions, reports, waivers, felony disposition statement forms and other documents.

3. Interprets for judges, attorneys, court staff and other court-related departments at the direction of the court.

4. Interprets between languages in court proceedings.

5. Brings to the court's attention any items that may impede the interpreter's performance.

6. Researches and understands legal terminology used in court and functions of the court.

7. Receives daily calendar assignments from the Interpreter Services Manager or designee and accurately completes daily activity logs or other documentation as required.

8. Performs other language interpretation duties as assigned, such as providing general court information at an information counter to the non-English speaking public. Processes documents related to interpretation.

9. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

A Court Interpreter must comply with the employment eligibility provisions set forth in Government Code Section 71802.


Possession of a valid certification issued by the Judicial Council of California on behalf of the State of California.

Knowledge of: interpreter ethics and standards, as stipulated in California Rules of Court Rules, 2.890, Professional Conduct for Interpreters; legal concepts and forensic terminology in both English and non-English language specified; general range of regional ad cultural variations in the specified language; correct usage of grammar and vocabulary of English and non-English language specified; an principles of effective public and community relations.

Ability to: convey the meaning from an into English and the applicable non-English language by interpreting in the simultaneous, consecutive and sight translation modes; understand and adhere to California statutes, rules of Court and applicable personnel rules concerning court interpretation; convey accurately, not editing, summarizing, adding meaning or omitting; interpret accurately and remain impartial in some adversarial and emotionally charged situations; conduct ongoing research into variations in terminology and usage of specified language; interact professionally and cooperatively ; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with individuals from varying socioeconomic backgrounds; and use office equipment, including computer, telephone and copiers.

This position includes a one-year probationary period. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of fingerprint check and the provision of appropriately identifying documents to certify eligibility to work in the United States.

Hiring Process

The hiring process will include the following components:
  • An initial screening of all application materials receivedincluding a completed application and supplemental questionnaire. A resume does not substitute for completing the application. An incomplete or partial application or supplemental questionnaire will result in disqualification.
  • A review of the completed application and supplemental questionnaire to select the best-qualified candidates for the oral panel interview process.
  • An oral interview that will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

The Court reserves the right to change the components of the examination process and may limit the number of candidates invited to the oral interview process to include only the best-qualified candidates should there be a large applicant pool.

The application and supplemental questionnaire are used to evaluate the candidate's qualifications. If you are interested in the opportunity, it is recommended that you submit your application and supplemental questionnaire as soon as possible since this recruitment may be closed at any time should the Court receive a sufficient number of qualified applicants.

If you require accommodation in the examination process because of disability, please call (510) 891-6021 to discuss.

Job Posting End Date

Open Until Filled

Base Pay


Job Address

Alameda, California United States View Map