Office of Interpreter Services (OIS)
From Afghani to Zulu, Superior Court's Office of Interpreter Services (OIS) obtains interpreters for more than 160 different languages to assist non-English speakers with court matters. OIS has offices in all three of Superior Court's primary facilities.
****INTERPRETATION SERVICES ARE PROVIDED AT NO COST FOR ALL COURT EVENTS****
516 3rd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 477-1415
401 N. 4th Avenue
Kent, WA 98032
Phone: (206) 477-2547
1211 E. Alder Street
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: (206) 477-2546
THE OFFICE OF INTERPRETER SERVICES REQUIRES 3-5 BUSINESS DAYS TO SUCCESSFULLY PROCESS INTERPRETER REQUESTS.
Click HERE to request an interpreter. PLEASE NOTE: You do NOT need to request an interpreter for a courtroom event heard by a judge or commissioner. Interpreters for courtroom events are scheduled automatically. You should request an interpreter ONLY IF your event is a meeting, interview, court-ordered class, or other non-courtroom event.
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.
For more information on securing interpreters for trials and other court matters, please read this Court Operations Memorandum.
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.
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.
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|KCSC Interpreter Information Record
(Note: Prospective interpreters should complete this form and mail it to OIS.)
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- 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.