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Court Interpreter - Spanish

Boston, Massachusetts, United States


The Trial Court is committed to: 

  • Fair and impartial administration of justice;
  • Protection of constitutional and statutory rights and liberties;
  • Equal access to justice for all in a safe and dignified environment with policies and practices that strengthen and support diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Efficient, effective, and accountable resolution of disputes;
  • Prompt and courteous service to the public by committed and dedicated professionals utilizing best practices in a manner that inspires public trust and confidence.

The Massachusetts Trial Court is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and provides equal opportunity in state employment to all persons. No person shall be denied equal access because of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, pregnancy, military or veteran status, physical/mental disability; or genetic information. If you need a reasonable accommodation, or have any questions or concerns about being afforded fair and equal treatment, please contact the HR Benefits Team at

Court Interpreter - Spanish

  • 494054
  • Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Court Interpreters Program
  • Administrative
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: May 25 2022 at 23:55 EDT

Title: Court Interpreter - Spanish

Pay Grade: Grade 17

Starting Pay: $ 72,307.39/yr.

Departmental Mission Statement: The Support Services Department is responsible for a wide range of distinct topic areas which provide support for the administration of justice in the Trial Court. These services include the Judicial Response System, the operation of Trial Court Law Libraries and Court Services Centers, a Record Management operation, the Office of Court Interpreters (OCIS) and the Office of Transcription Services. 

Trial Court Office of Language Access Profile:

Notes: This position is designated as a union position and is covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement with O.P.E.I.U., Local 6.

**New hires for Interpreter positions are required to either have the NCSC Interpreter Certification of successfully complete the NCSC Interpreter Certification program during the first 2 years of employment. Failure to pass the written and oral certification examinations during the first 2 years of employment shall result in separation from employment.

Interpreters must have the ability to travel to court locations in Essex, Middlesex, and Suffolk counties.

Position Summary:

Court Interpreters serve as certified staff interpreters who interpret legal proceedings for non-English speaking persons involved in court matters in accordance with regulations established by the Office of Court Interpreters (OCIS).  The position title above the entry level requires the performance of more complex and varied work. Employees are hired at the entry level position title and are eligible for reclassification to the higher level position title within this series consistent with the specifications for the higher level position title.  The position title reverts to the entry level when there is a vacancy.

Supervision Received: Receives moderate direction from the Manager of Interpreter Services of the Trial Court and her/his designee and is evaluated for professional soundness and conformity to policy, regulations and established procedures.

Duties: Court Interpreter I Duties:

• Interprets simultaneously and consecutively for defendants, witnesses and victims in court, for persons seeking assistance in court or from Probation Officers, for persons filing petitions, for prosecutors and for defense attorneys in interviewing defendants, witnesses, parents, plaintiffs or victims, and for persons completing forms as specified in section 8.01 of the Standards and Procedures of the OCIS;
• Provide translation services as required by the Court and OCIS, including but not limited to court forms, documents, correspondence, signage and other written materials.
• Attends ongoing training provided or funded by OCIS or the Trial Court as part of continuing education requirements;
• Maintains records of interpreting and translating responsibilities pursuant to OCIS and Trial Court policies.
• Must be willing to travel to the various divisions of the Trial Court as needed, and perform other duties as assigned by OCIS.
Performs related duties as required.

Court Interpreter II Duties:

• Provide simultaneous and consecutive interpreting and translation services for defendants, witnesses, victims, and all court users seeking language access assistance.
• Translates and review translations of official forms, documents, public signs, letters and correspondence and other written material from English into a specified foreign language and vice versa as needed by OCIS;
• Oversees the activities of per diem interpreters assigned to their location by OCIS, including supervising their interpreting and translation assignments within his/her work unit;
• Provides linguistic evaluations of per diem interpreters assigned to them by OCIS, including determining deficiencies, progress and training needs;
• Provides various training activities, including determining subjects/topics for training, developing training materials and serving as a trainer;
• Performs various public relations activities such as addressing other agencies;
• Performs related duties as required.

Job Competencies: 

  • All applicants must be able, through the interview process, to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following areas:  
  • Ethics and Values Communicates and demonstrates the ethics and values of the Human Resources Department and the Trial Court.
  • Mission Understands, upholds, and communicates the Trial Court and Support Services Department missions.
  • Applied Knowledge Demonstrates language proficiency, interpreter skills, and understands court policy and procedure.
  • Problem Solving Accurately assesses interpreter problems in the Trial Court and recommends and facilitates appropriate solutions.
  • Customer Service Conducts oneself in a courteous and professional manner towards both Trial Court employees and the public.
  • Collaboration Works with others cooperatively, demonstrating a willingness to be a team player, and contributing to a work environment that focuses on shared departmental goals.
  • Commitment to Diversity Promotes an environment of cross-cultural awareness and diversity through understanding, respect, and positive communication with persons of varied racial, ethnic, economic, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Continuous Learning Demonstrates a commitment to continuously improving himself or herself through professional development.  

Minimum Requirements: These are the minimum requirements necessary to apply for the position of Court Interpreter I:
• Bachelor’s degree in a human services field, plus a minimum of four (4) years experience in legal, technical, medical, literary translation and/or interpretation, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Fully proficient in English and Spanish language.
• Applicants are required to pass the State Court Interpreter Certification test as a pre-requisite for appointment to this position. Certification pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 221C through the Office of Court Interpreter Services is a requirement.
• Ability to interpret in the simultaneous mode and the consecutive mode in court-related proceedings.
• Ability to maintain accurate and timely records including, but not limited to, data entry and collection of data. Will generate monthly or other reports as needed.
• Ability to establish work priorities and to work independently.
• Ability to serve the public and others with business before the court in a courteous and professional manner.
• Demonstrate effective communication skills, including the ability to perform work and communicate in a highly visible and public setting.
• Ability to travel to court locations. Must have a valid Massachusetts Driver’s License or possess or have access to other reliable methods of transportation.
• Must possess a general understanding of the operations of the Massachusetts Trial Court.

Court Interpreter II Requirements:
A minimum of four (4) years service as a Court Interpreter I.
Advanced interpreter skills, advanced language proficiency, and an advanced understanding of and ability to explain of court proceedings.
Must exhibit full compliance with the Interpreter Code of Professional Conduct.

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