Aug. 16, 2017

Interpreter Information

The court provides interpreters in Criminal, Traffic, Juvenile, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Unlawful Detainers, Guardianships and Conservatorships.

ALL interpreter requests must be submitted in advance, either on the Request for Interpreter form or online at   A request can be made for  an interpreter for Family Law Cases, non DV, however at this time the court cannnot guarantee that an interpreter will be available.  Please bring someone who can interpret for you.

A request for a Spanish interpreter must be made 3 court days in advance of the hearing. Interpreter needs for any other languages must be requested 5 court days in advance for a hearing. If an interpreter request is not submitted timely, the court may not be able to provide an interpreter.

  • A Request for Interpreter form does not have to be made out for Arraignments. Spanish interpreters will continue to be provided to defendants at Arraignment on the same day. Other langauges will also continue to be provided for at Arraignments as soon as one can be secured. If a defendant's need for an intepreter is noted on the record at Arraignment, the form does not need to be completed for future hearings in that case.
  • For all other hearings, including where the defendant has not appeared in court per PC 977, the requesting party must utilize the Request for Interpreter form or submit an online request. This includes making a request for any person appear at the hearing that requires an interpreter (witness in preliminary hearings, trials, etc.).
  • The Request for Interpreter forms will also be required for any changes to the existing interpreter request such as a cancellation of a witness, vacated hearing or continuance. If an intepreter is not cancelled with at least 24 hour notice, cancellation charges may be applied.

Forms will be made available in each courtroom on counsel tables, at the clerks office, as well as online. For non-electronic submissions, please return the hardcopy form to the clerks window or the drop box.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please direct them to the Executive Office at (530) 406-6838.  

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

If you require the services of a sign language interpreter, you may request one with the interpreter coordinator, for any type of hearing. This includes civil and small claims hearings.

Interpreter Coordinator
1000 Main Street,
Woodland, CA 95695
(530) 406-6708

Becoming an interpreter

If interested in becoming an interpreter, please check the Judicial Council page on becoming an interpreter.

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