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Language Access

The Superior Court of California, County of Alameda is committed to providing access to justice for all.  Our language access initiatives both inside and outside of the courtrooms work to improve access to those who do not speak English or who have limited English speaking proficiency.  Our recent initatives outside of the courtroom include:
  • Multilingual signage at the Hayward Hall of Justice
  • Multilingual court closure signage for all court facilities
  • Language Line telephonic translation service for court users speaking languages not spoken by the Court's employees
  • Language Access Plan
  • Translated informational court documents
  • Training for bilingual employees
  • Bilingual legal dictionaries provided to bilingual employees
  • Ongoing recruitment for bilingual court volunteers
Inside the courtrooms, court interpreters provide interpretation and translation services to court users.  The role of the court interpreter is to act as a medium between the Court and anyone who needs language assistance. Court Interpreters provide access to justice for non-English speakers in a variety of settings including juvenile, criminal, and family court.

How to become a Court Interpreter

Learn more about California’s Court Interpreter Program (CIP) and how to become an interpreter by visiting:

Laney College Language Interpreter Certificate Program

Laney College in Oakland currently provides a language interpretation certificate program with the support of the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda.  For more information regarding their innovative interpretation programs, please visit Laney College's website.
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