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Interpreter Contractor Resources

Welcome to the Court’s Interpreter Contractor Resources page. Here you will find all the needed documents, forms, and contact information needed to carry out your duties as a Court Interpreter Contractor.

Got questions?
Contact the Interpreter Unit Coordinators:
npruitt@scscourt.org
dortiz@scscourt.org
(408) 808-6800 

Interested in Employment?

If you are interested in serving as a Court Interpreter, job applications may be found on our Employment Opportunites  page. The court may only hire certified or registered interpreters as employees. The court does hire provisionally qualified interpreters as contractors when needed.

The Judicial Council Qualifications of a Noncertified or Nonregistered Spoken Language Interpreter (INT110.pdf)  form must be completed by any interpreter who is not certified or registered by the judicial council. This form must be submitted prior to any work assignment in order to be provisionally qualified to work in our court.

The Judicial Council's Become an Interpreter  page provides information about becoming an interpreter and the testing process to become registered or certified.

Information for New Contractors

Thank you for your interest in working for Santa Clara County Superior Court.

We are offering State Certified/Registered interpreters the following rates:

  • Half Day: $226.00
  • Full Day: $418.00

We are offering Noncertified/Nonregistered interpreters the following rates:

  • Half Day: $92.00
  • Full Day: $175.00

A half day assignment is from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. or until the court session ends, whichever comes first. A full day assignment is from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. or until the court session ends, whichever comes first.

For interpreters travelling 60 miles or more, we offer $35.00 per hour for travel time, and $0.58 per mile, based on Mapquest’s  shortest distance and travel time, from the agreed starting point to the courthouse to which you are assigned. We also pay mileage between courthouses if we assign you to different courthouses during the course of a full day.

Travel (car fare, cab fare, mileage) to and from lunch will not be reimbursed.

If you are seeking to stay in our area during your assignment, please be advised that vacation rentals such as AirBnB are not an acceptable/reimbursable lodging type. Additional paperwork will be required if you are seeking reimbursement for lodging and mileage. (Click this link to go to the Travel Expenses section of this page.)

Please also be advised that if lodging is booked via a 3rd party vendor, you must submit both the hotel confirmation/reservation and a copy of the credit card charges (statement) with their reimbursement packets. The hotel express check-out receipt from a third party provider for lodging booked via the internet does not represent a valid receipt.

The alternative would be to book solely through the hotel directly, as they will provide itemized zero balance hotel folios.

The lodging maximum is $140.00 plus applicable tax % and service fees. Each day’s lodging must be itemized with tax and fees itemized for each day in order for reimbursement to be approved.

Please note that reimbursement for lodging takes a minimum of 6 weeks.

If lodging is not a part of your reimbursement request, mileage, travel time and your work days will be computed on the timesheet you complete every two weeks.

If you will be booking flights to travel to our area, please note that all airfare must be booked with the least costly carrier and as coach class. (In the event of an audit, a cost comparison for flights may be requested to support that the purchase of the least costly flight was booked).

We require that you complete the following documents, which you may bring with you or complete when you arrive for your first assignment.

  1. Payee Data Record (W-9) Form
  2. Live Scan Form 
  3. Security Background Questionnaire 

Also, click to view this Information Sheet which provides a basic orientation to our Court including court locations, parking information, equipment and interpreter appearance slip locations.

Please be advised that contractors must enter the courthouses through the public entrances and must comply with all metal detector requirements. No shoes may be carried into the courthouse and no glass items will be allowed.

Availability for each week should be submitted by Thursday of the previous week. We will send you a schedule with your assignments for each week by the end of Friday of the previous week. In addition, if we have specific needs for certain days we may call you to ask if you are available.

Please submit your availability to:

If you have any questions, please call David Ortiz at (408) 808-6680. 

Activity Log Instructions

Click here for the Activity Log . See below for instructions:

  1. Complete top of form in full. If you are assigned to two locations in one day, indicate both. (You do not need to indicate time in, out or mileage).
  2. You must indicate case type. See Case Type Codes at the bottom of the form. For criminal indicate M for misdemeanor or F for felony.
  3. Indicate # of interpretations.
  4. You do not need to indicate case numbers.
  5. Indicate T for Trial or NT for Non-Ttrial.
  6. You do not need to indicate event details.
  7. Indicate if interpretation was via Video Remote (if not, leave blank).
  8. Sign.
  9. Submit daily.

Interpreter Timesheet Instructions

Click here for the Interpreter Timesheet. See below for instructions:

  1. Please print your name and address in the provided fields. These must match the information on file. If you have a change of address, please submit change of address form. Provide your vendor number.
  2. Indicate each date worked.
  3. Check the appropriate box for AM or PM or full day.
  4. If you are lodging during your assignment please indicate "lodging" in the Comments field.
  5. Indicate if you are certified, registered, non certified, non registered.
  6. It is not necessary to complete area under (FOR ACCOUNTING USE ONLY).
  7. All assignments for a consecutive two week period should be submitted on one time sheet.
  8. Timesheets should be completed and submitted every two weeks or immediately after an assignment if no future assignments are assigned.
  9. Payment will occur approximately 21 days after submission.
  10. Checks will be mailed to the address on file with judicial council unless a direct deposit authorization has been submitted to this court.

Travel Expenses

In order to be reimbursed for travel expenses, you are required to complete the Travel Expense Request Form (HR-039.pdf) , the instructions are on the first page of the form. Also, here are some tips  for contractors filling out the form.

100 Day Interpreter Contractor Policy

Pursuant to Government Code Section 71802 , the court may not utilize a contractor's services over 100 days per calendar year.

Professional Standards and Ethics

Click here for the Judicial Council Professional Standards and Ethics for California Court Interpreters  Manual.

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