From Afghani to Zulu, King County Superior Court's Office of Interpreter Services (OIS) obtains interpreters for more than 155 different languages to assist non-English speakers with court matters. OIS has offices in all three of Superior Court's primary facilities.
|King County Courthouse
516 3rd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 477-1415
|Maleng Regional Justice Center
401 N. 4th Avenue
Kent, WA 98032
Phone: (206) 477-2547
1211 E. Alder
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: (206) 477-2546
Email address for all locations: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need to submit a request for interpreter services to OIS, please do so using THIS FORM. Completed forms can be emailed email@example.com.
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
The following information is needed to schedule an appointment. Please speak slowly and clearly when leaving a message.
- Litigants seeking an interpreter can leave a message 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 206-477-1415.
- Allow at least five (5) business days to schedule an appointment with a foreign language interpreter or an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter.
- 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)
For more information on securing interpreters for trials and other court matters, please read this Court Operations Memorandum.
Fees and Quality Assurance
Interpretation services are provided at no cost for all court events.
In accordance with state law, OIS strives to provide only court-certified interpreters in the following languages:
- Arabic (Egyptian)
- Arabic (Levantine)
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.
Information for Interpreters
Forms for Interpreters
|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 and Training
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.
Read Superior Court's Language Assistance Plan.
Learn about the Interpreter Services Office from King County TV (YouTube video).
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.