Current Job Opportunity
April 9, 2019
OPEN UNTIL FILLED
Ninth Judicial Circuit, Orlando, Florida (Orange and Osceola Counties)
The essential function of the position within the organization is to interpret legal proceedings for non-English speaking or hearing impaired persons to ensure due process. The position is responsible for interpreting the spoken or written word from a source language to a target language, translating court evidence to a target language, testifying as an expert witness regarding accuracy of translated documents or tapes, and collecting statistical data. The position works under direct supervision according to set procedures.
Education and Training Guidelines
Refers to job specific training and education that is recommended for entry into the position. Additional relevant experience may substitute for the recommended educational level on a year-for-year basis.
Bachelor’s degree in English, the source language, or a closely related field.
Refers to the amount of related work experience that is recommended for entry into the position that would result in reasonable expectation that the person can perform the required tasks. Additional relevant education may substitute for the recommended experience on a year-for-year basis, excluding supervisory experience.
Two years of court/legal related experience.
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.
Applicants who are selected as court interpreters, but who are not certified at the time of court employment, shall become certified within one year of being employed in a court interpreting position. The one-year requirement may be modified by the board on a case-by-case basis, if necessary, only in exceptional circumstances. See Fla. R. Court. Interp. 14.205(c).
Compiles, examines, or evaluates data or information and possibly recommends action based on results.
Provides assistance to people to achieve task completion; persuades or influences others in favor of a service, course of action, or point of view.
Requires minimum responsibility for only small quantities of low cost items or supplies where opportunities for achieving economies or preventing loss are negligible.
Uses addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; may compute ratios, rates, and percents.
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.
Refers to inanimate objects such as substances, materials, machines, tools, equipment, work aids, or products. A thing is tangible and has shape, form, and other physical characteristics.
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:
Refers to the responsibility for other people’s safety, either inherent in the job or to assure the safety of the general public.
Requires some responsibility for safety of others and/or for occasional enforcement of the standards of public safety.
The Spanish Court Interpreter performs 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 either Spanish or English.
A certified Court Interpreter serves as the official Interpreter and translator on a daily basis for first appearances, arraignments, preliminary hearings, trials & court proceedings for non-English speaking defendants, witnesses and victims. Translates forms and documents utilized in court proceedings, inputs data into the Court Interpreter Data Base (CIDB), participates in workshops for court interpreters, and trains and observes freelance contractual interpreters. Requires a working knowledge and understanding of simultaneous, consecutive, and sight translations techniques and procedures. Interpreters are also required to become familiar with the Florida Rules for Certification and Regulations of Spoken Language Interpreters, and must adhere to the Interpreter Model Code of Professional Responsibility.
Fluency in both English and Spanish is required. Must read and write both Spanish and English language with proficiency. Must be able to work independently in a high stress environment. Knowledge of the court system is a plus. Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in either English, Spanish, or any subject closely related to the field of law is preferred. Two years of court/legal related experience may substitute for the recommended educational level or any equivalent combination of education and experience. This position reports to work in both Orange and Osceola Counties so candidates must be able and willing to travel to multiple counties and locations on a regular basis. Must complete a State of Florida orientation program and obtain state certification within one year of being employed as a Court Interpreter. Passing of the Federal Certification oral exam can substitute for passing of Consortium exam. This is a State funded position with benefits.
Salary: *$4,583.33/monthly for certified court interpreters or $4,125.00/monthly if not certified. *Certified by the Court Interpreter Certification and Regulation Program (CICRP) of the Office of the State Courts Administrator (OSCA).
How to Apply
Please go to the following link for full posting and to apply:
For additional information, please contact Human Resources at (407)836-2261.
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.