Court Interpreting - Contractors
Court Interpreting in the Eighth Judicial Circuit is currently seeking bilingual persons who are fluent in English and a foreign language, and who are interested in acting as court interpreters on an "as needed" basis. Court interpreters must be willing to travel to all six counties of the Eighth Judicial Circuit: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy and Union .
Court interpreters are hired as independent contractors. Interested persons must first pass the State Courts written examination, as well as the oral proficiency examination if offered in your working language, and apply for certification through the Office of the State Courts Administrator. All others will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Rate of pay is $60.00 per hour for Spanish interpreting with a one hour minimum in county of residence for interpreters who hold certification. Rates of pay for ASL or languages not common to the 8th Circuit are at market rate. Please see the 2014-2015 Training and Testing Schedule for more information on orientation workshops, written examinations, and oral examinations. Additional information can be found on the Florida State Courts website.
Please note: As of July 1st, 2008, there are additional requirements for those wishing to hold State of Florida Certification .
Persons interested in working as a contract court interpreter on an as-needed basis should submit a cover letter and resume detailing languages spoken, applicable education and/or experience to:
Gilberto DePaz - Court Interpreting Program Manager
Criminal Justice Center
220 South Main Street
Gainesville , FL 32601
Phone: (352) 264-7080
Fax: (352) 264-7088
For further information regarding the profession, please check out the following links:
- National Center for State Courts-Qualifications for Court Interpreting
- National Center for State Courts-Court Interpretation
- National Center for State Courts-List of References
- National Association of Judicial Interpreters and Translators
- American Translators Association-Interpreter Division
- Federal Court Interpreter Certification Exam
Links to Interpreter Training Programs: