March 31, 2020
San Mateo Superior Court Interpreter Services

The San Mateo Superior Court provides multilingual interpreting and general language services to individuals with limited English proficiency to ensure meaningful participation in the judicial court process.

San Mateo County Superior Court provides an interpreter at no cost for all courtroom proceedings in all of the following case types:

  • Criminal
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Juvenile Dependency
  • Traffic
  • Child Support - DCSS - (AB 1058) (Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. calendar & Thursday, 2:00 p.m. calendar)
  • Family Law Domestic Violence Protective Order - DVPA/TRO (Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. calendar & Friday 9:00 a.m.)
  • Civil Harassment (under CCP §527.6(w))
  • Probate:
    • Elder or Dependent Adult Protective Order (involving physical abuse or neglect),
    • Guardianship
    • Unlawful Detainer
    • Conservatorship
    • Mental Health (LPS)

For all other case types, interpreters MIGHT be provided as a friend of the court based on availability of resources. Please notify the Court of your interpreter needs in advance.

You may ask the clerk at the counter or the clerk in the courtroom for an interpreter. If an interpreter is not available at the time of your hearing, your case may be continued until an interpreter can be assigned. Parties should request an interpreter when filing a motion or response.

The unit has 7 employees and about 200+ independent contractors. Spanish is the most frequently used language, followed by Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog and Portuguese. Other widely used languages include Arabic, Vietnamese Russian, Korean and Tongan.

Court interpreters do not help parties fill out or file their court forms.

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