Current Job Opportunity


January 8, 2015

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Position Number


Position Title

Certified Court Interpreter - Spanish

Job Location

Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court, West Palm Beach, Florida

Salary Range

$3,610.93 - $7,221.86 Monthly*
*The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary of $43,331.16 annually.

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.



  • Interprets oral communications from a foreign language to English and vice versa; and renders oral interpretation of written text
  • Appears in court, as required, as an expert witness in order to introduce translations into evidence
  • Certifies translations made by others as to the accuracy of the translation
  • Reviews translated material in preparation for trial
  • Interprets in court for defendants, judges, lawyers, witnesses, social workers, probation officers, investigators, psychologists, state attorneys, and public defenders, etc.
  • Interprets for various court events, such as; pretrial conferences, depositions, interviews, investigations, bond hearings, arraignments, plea bargains, motions, jury and bench trials, sentencings, probation hearings, domestic violence proceedings, etc.
  • May be required to work weekends and overtime on a rotation basis
  • Must be able to perform duties at any one of our five (5) court facilities
  • Performs related work as required
  • Must adhere to the Florida Rules of Certification and Regulation and comply with the Court Interpreter’s Code of Professional Conduct



Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the specialized vocabulary used in judicial proceedings
  • Knowledge of the types of proceedings such as arraignments, plea bargains, motions, probation violations and sentencings
  • Ability to interpret between Spanish and English; whether the language is spoken, written or recorded. Skill level must include slang, vulgarities and normal idioms
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Skill in the use of dictating machines and video/audio cassette recorders
  • Computer literate, with proficiency in using Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Excellent interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy

Education and Training Guidelines


  • Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in English, the source language, or a closely related field.



  • Two years of court/legal related experience, or any equivalent combination of education and experience.


Physical Demands

Work involves a significant amount of standing, walking, sitting, talking, listening, and reaching with arms and hands


Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations Required

Must possess a valid Florida Driver’s License and be certified as a Court Interpreter by the Florida State Courts System’s Office of the State Courts Administrator.


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

How to Apply

Interested parties should forward three (3) completed application packages to:


Tammy Anton

Chief of Personnel Services

Fifteenth Judicial Circuit - Court Administration

205 North Dixie Highway, 5th Floor

West Palm Beach, FL 33401


Each completed package shall include the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Copy of Consortium Certification
  • State of Florida application form, available at the following link:



Please note that completed application material cannot be submitted electronically. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will continue to be received until the position is filled. Submission of an application does not guarantee the applicant an interview.


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


If you have any questions regarding the position or the application process, contact Tammy Anton at 561-355-2431.


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.