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Mandatory Face Covering Requirements:

 Effective Monday, July 19, 2021, all persons entering any court facility will be required to properly wear a face covering over their nose and mouth, regardless of their vaccination status.

Important Information:

Beginning June 15, 2021, all courthouses are open to the public and most in-person services are restored.

Interpreters & Language Access

Court Interpreter Service

Court proceedings are conducted in English. If a party or a witness does not speak English well, he or she may need an interpreter to testify, to speak to the judge, and to understand what others are saying in a proceeding. Certified and registered court interpreters are specifically trained to interpret in court proceedings. If you need language assistance, you should ask the court if it can provide a court interpreter by completing local request form ALA-INT-001 (see below in accordions).

There is no charge for the services of a court appointed interpreter.

Criminal & Traffic Matters do not use form ALA-INT-001 for criminal or traffic cases. If you are a defendant or a witness in a criminal matter, you may tell your attorney (or the DA) that you need an interpreter; if you are a traffic defendant, when you come to court to get a date set for a hearing, please let the clerk at the filing window know that you need an interpreter.

Interpreters are neutral and bound to confidentiality.

Note: Although the court attempts to meet all requests, the court is not always able to provide an interpreter in every language or in every civil case.

How to Become a Court Interpreter

Court Interpreter Program

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

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.

Forms

Language Request Form Complaint Form COVID-19 Safety
Arabic

Request Form

  Covid-19 Safety

Chinese

Request Form

 

Complaint Form - Simplified

Complaint Form - Traditional

Covid-19 Safety

English

Request Form

Complaint Form Covid-19 Safety
Farsi

Request Form

Complaint Form Covid-19 Safety
Korean     Covid-19 Safety
Punjabi

Request Form

Complaint Form Covid-19 Safety
Russian     Covid-19 Safety
Spanish

Request Form

Complaint Form Covid-19 Safety
Tagalog

Request Form

Complaint Form  
Vietnamese

Request Form

Complaint Form Covid-19 Safety

 

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