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May 5, 2016

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Position Number


Position Title

Certified Court Interpreter - Spanish

Job Location

Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court, Tampa, Florida

Salary Range

$3,610.93 - $7,221.86 Monthly*

*The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary.

Job Description

General Description

Perform skilled professional duties as a certified interpreter in judicial proceedings involving non-English speaking persons.  The Interpreter is the link between the non-English party and the court.  Duties include interpretation and translation of oral statement, testimony and written documents presented in Spanish.


Under the direction of the court, a certified court interpreter serves as the official interpreter and translator on a daily basis for hearings, non-jury trials, jury trials for non-English speaking defendants, witnesses and victims.

  • Translate forms and documents utilized in court proceedings.
  • Perform office related duties: input data into computer from daily reports, participate in workshops for court interpreters, and train/observe freelance contractual interpreters.

Education and Training Guidelines

Additional relevant experience may substitute for the recommended educational level on a year-for-year basis and additional relevant education may substitute for the recommended experience on a year-for-year basis. 

Bachelor’s degree in English, the source language, or a closely related field and two years of court/legal related experience.

Bachelor's degree with major course work in Spanish language or Bachelor's degree, supplemented by specialized training in the Spanish language at a training institution and court/legal related experience preferred.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations Required:

Requires valid certificate as a certified court interpreter issued by the Florida State Courts System’s Office of the State Courts Administrator OR must have achieved passage of a state certification examination from another State equivalent and in accordance with the Florida Rules for Certification and Regulation of Court Interpreter requirements OR federal courts certificate issue by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts and whose name appear on the registry of federally certified interpreters.


Data Responsibility:
Compiles, examines, or evaluates data or information and possibly recommends action based on results.

People Responsibility:
Provides assistance to people to achieve task completion; persuades or influences others in favor of a service, course of action, or point of view.    

Assets Responsibility:
Requires minimum responsibility for only small quantities of low cost items or supplies where opportunities for achieving economies or preventing loss are negligible.

Mathematical Requirements:
Uses addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; may compute ratios, rates, and percentages.

Communications Requirements:
Reads scientific and technical journals, abstracts, financial reports, and legal documents; writes complex translations; makes presentations to professional groups.

Complexity of Work:
Performs coordinating work involving guidelines and rules with constant problem solving; requires continuous, close attention for accurate results or frequent exposure to unusual pressure.

Impact of Decisions:
Makes decisions with moderately serious impact - affects work unit and may affect other units or citizens.

Equipment Usage:
Handles machines, tools, equipment, or work aids involving moderate latitude for judgment regarding attainment of standard or in selecting appropriate items, such as recording equipment, computer or telephone.

Safety of Others:
Requires some responsibility for safety of others and/or for occasional enforcement of the standards of public safety.

Special Comments


Working knowledge and understanding of simultaneous, consecutive, sight and tape translation techniques and procedures.  Working knowledge and understanding of the court system.  Working knowledge of the Administrative Office of the Courts’ operations, policies, practices and procedures. Ability to fluently speak, read and write in Spanish and English. 

How to Apply

Submit a resume with salary history, cover letter, three professional or academic references and current State of Florida application (located at in one (1) PDF file via email to   

Tonya S. Muhammad
Court Personnel Resources
800 E.Twiggs St. Room 605
Tampa, Florida 33602

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION: A copy of certificate as a certified court interpreter.

For additional information, questions, or concerns, please contact: Tonya S. Muhammad at 813-272-6330.

An application must be submitted for the position listing the appropriate class title and position number for which you are applying.

The successful applicant will be subject to a criminal background check.

We are an equal opportunity employer.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, genetic information or disability

We hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers.

If you need an accommodation to participate in the application/selection process, please call the contact person at the number indicated for each respective position. Persons using a TDD may call the contact person through the Florida Relay Service 1-800-955-8771.