December 4, 2020
San Mateo Superior Court Interpreter Services

The San Mateo Superior Court provides interpreters and other language services to people who do not speak English well so they can understand and participate in their court process.

The San Mateo Superior Court provides interpreters and other language services to people who do not speak English well so they can understand and participate in their court process:

  • Criminal
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Juvenile Dependency
  • Unlawful Detainer (evictions)
  • Traffic
  • Child Support cases handled by the Department of Child Support Services (Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. calendar & Thursday, 2:00 p.m. calendar)
  • Domestic Violence Restraining Orders - (Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. calendar & Friday 9:00 a.m.)
  • Civil Harassment Restraining Orders
  • Probate:
    • Elder or Dependent Adult Restraining Orders (involving physical abuse or neglect),
    • Guardianship
    • Conservatorship
    • Mental Health Conservatorship (LPS)

For all other case types, we MIGHT be able to provide you an interpreter, but we cannot guarantee one.

Keep in mind: Court interpreters cannot help you fill out or file your court forms or answer legal questions.

How Do I Ask for an Interpreter?

Ask the court to give you an interpreter as soon as you find out that you will need to go to court. Click on Ask for an Interpreter to learn how. You can also ask for one at the Clerk's Office.

Ask for an interpreter if you are filing papers or responding to papers for a court date. If you cannot ask for one ahead of time, ask the clerk in the courtroom on the day of your court hearing.

If an interpreter is not available at the time of your hearing, the court may postpone (continue) your hearing to have more time to get you an interpreter.

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