Job Series: Court Interpreter
FLSA status: Non-Exempt
OCC Group: Professional
Job code: R41622
Original signature of State Court Administrator approval available in the Human Resources Division, signed March 2, 2010.
CONCEPT OF CLASS
Provides accurate and clear interpretation services between English and the target (foreign) language for the courts and probation departments of the Colorado Judicial Department. Members of this class are not required to have achieved the certification credential from the Colorado Judicial Department Court Interpreter Certification Program, and do not provide in-court interpretation. Future interpreter program requirements may mandate certification in this class.
Positions in this classification are distinguished from other classifications due to spending at least 50% of time providing interpretation services in less complex matters for customers, court and probation staff. May require occasional travel.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION
Interprets accurately and completely between English and the foreign language using the three modes of interpretation; simultaneous interpretation, consecutive interpretation and sight translation.
Provides interpretation and linguistic communication services in less complex matters for customers, court and probation staff.
Provides interpretation services in an impartial manner without regard to the content of the communication in accordance with accepted methods of practice and standards as prescribed by the Colorado Judicial Department Code of Professional Responsibility for Interpreters.
Interprets for court or probation staff or related judicial contacts or interviews in providing non-legal general information to the non-English speaking public. Directly answers and assists in non-legal inquiries from the non-English speaking public regarding court matters, forms, dates, etc.
Some positions may provide telephonic interpretation services or assistance where required.
Some positions may maintain data as to the number of interpretation contacts for statistical purposes or may perform file maintenance or clerical duties related to interpreter services.
Attends meetings and training as required.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Responsible for one's own work product and will rarely provide lead functions but may occasionally assist bilingual court staff or interns.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the locally established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described below satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands.
MINIMUM EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
All interpreters must be fluently bilingual in that they must possess a college level vocabulary in both languages and the ability to communicate complex information in both English and the interpreter’s working (foreign) language. The interpreter’s application and written responses to any subsequent interview questions will be reviewed in light of this requirement and fluency level may be subject to examination.
Graduation from high school or equivalent and one year of paid experience working in a professional capacity as an interpreter with non-English speaking persons.
Bachelor's degree (B. A.) in linguistics, cultural issues, public or court administration or related field and 6 months of experience interpreting in judicial, law enforcement, legal or working in a professional capacity with non-English speaking persons in a complex organization where assignments and clients vary.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk. The employee frequently is required to stand; sit; reach with hands and arms; and perform repetitive motions with wrists, hands, and fingers; stoop, kneel, crouch, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific speech requirements include ability to speak audibly, to hear and to stand or sit for extended periods of time. This position often requires the ability to concentrate and to deliver interpreting services under demanding and noisy circumstances. Must have the ability to adjust to differing voices, tones, accents and speed of speech in performing interpretation duties. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and high precarious places. Occasionally handles emergency or crisis situations; frequently subject to interruptions, and multiple calls and inquiries. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Interpreting equipment such as simultaneous audio equipment, telephone, or personal computer may be used. Frequent work day and overnight travel may be required.