Maryland Courts

Interpretation Services


Do you need a Court Interpreter?

IF YOU NEED AN INTERPRETER FOR COURT
The Maryland Judiciary provides court services to many people, including those who are Limited English Proficient (LEP). Court interpreters are provided for litigants and witnesses in civil, criminal, and juvenile proceedings and are paid for by the Administrative Office of the Courts. To request a spoken language interpreter for a court appearance, please submit a Request for Spoken Language Interpreter (Form CC-DC41) to the court in which the case will be heard. The request should be submitted to the court not less than thirty (30) days before the proceeding in which the interpreter is requested.

For additional information, please contact the clerk at the court location where your case will be heard.

IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE OUTSIDE OF THE COURTROOM
The Maryland Judiciary is also responsible for taking reasonable steps to ensure that Limited English Proficient individuals have meaningful access to services outside the courtroom. These points of service include the commissioner’s office, the clerk’s office, self-help center, and the court’s public counters. To facilitate communication between LEP individuals and court staff, the Maryland Judiciary is pleased to offer telephonic interpretation services provided by Language Line. 

If you need the assistance of a spoken language interpreter while communicating with court staff in-person or over the phone, say the name of the language that you speak or point to your language on the I-Speak Card, Maryland Judiciary Language Card. The court employee will make arrangements for a telephonic interpreter to assist you.