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King County Superior Court

King County’s General Jurisdiction Trial Court

Interpreter Services

From Afghani to Zulu, King County Superior Court's Office of Interpreter Services (OIS) obtains interpreters for more than 140 different languages to assist non-English speakers with court matters.  OIS has offices in all three of Superior Court's primary facilities.

Office Locations

King County Courthouse
516 3rd Avenue
Room C-701
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 477-1415

Maleng Regional Justice Center
401 N. 4th Avenue
Room GO243
Kent, WA 98032
Phone: (206) 477-2547

Juvenile Court
1211 E. Alder
Room 225
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: (206) 477-2546

Email address for all locations:  scinterp@kingcounty.gov.

Types of Assistance

Interpreters assist litigants during attorney-client consultations and arraignments, hearings, trials, and other court events.  They also interpret for deaf jurors, classes for parents and truant youth, and appointments with court personnel.

In most cases, OIS does not assist with child abuse and neglect cases.  The Department of Social and Health Services coordinates interpreter services for these cases.

Making an Appointment

  • Litigants seeking an interpreter can leave a message 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 206-477-1415.
  • Allow at least 24 hours to schedule an appointment with a foreign spoken language interpreter and at least one week with an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter.
The following information is needed to schedule an appointment.  Please speak slowly and clearly when leaving a message.
  • Caller's Name
  • Caller’s Telephone Number
  • Litigant’s Name (the person who needs the interpreter)
  • Litigant’s Telephone Number
  • Nine-Digit Superior Court Case Number
  • Language Needed
  • Date of Event
  • Time and Length of Event
  • Judge’s Name or Location of Event
  • Attorney’s Name and Telephone Number (if applicable)

Fees

Interpretation services are provided at no cost for all court events.

Quality Assurance

In accordance with state law, OIS strives to provide only court-certified interpreters in the following languages:

  • Arabic (Egyptian)
  • Arabic (Levantine)
  • Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • Korean
  • Laotian
  • Mandarin
  • Marshallese
  • Punjabi
  • Russian
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Vietnamese

OIS carefully screens interpreters in all other languages, or when no court-certified interpreter is available.

OIS provides orientation for interpreters and education for judges, attorneys, and court personnel about procedures for obtaining and utilizing interpreters.  The program has been cited as a national model and clearinghouse for interpreter-related information.

Training

OIS provides orientation sessions for interpreters as well as training for those who use interpreters, including judges, attorneys, and people working in other court-related programs.

Information for Interpreters

Forms for Interpreters

Form MS Word PDF
KCSC Interpreter Invoice
KCSC Juror Interpreter Invoice
KCSC Probation Interpreter Invoice
KCSC Interpreter Information Record
(Note: Prospective interpreters should complete this form and mail it to OIS.)
 
KCSC Interpreter Payment Policies

Other Resources

General Rule 11.1 - Purpose and Scope of Interpreter Commission
General Rule 11.2 - Code of Conduct for Court Interpreters
General Rule 11.3 - Telephonic Interpretation
RCW 2.42 - Interpreters in Legal Proceedings
RCW 2.43 - Interpreters for Non-English Speaking Persons
Washington AOC - Certified Court Interpreters Webpage
Read the Interpreter Services Fact Sheet.
Learn about the Interpreter Services Office from King County TV (YouTube video).