Interpreter Information

About the Interpreter Services Division

The Interpreter Services Division ensures that a person with limited English proficiency is provided a court interpreter free of charge in all mandated case types. These mandated areas include:

  • Criminal
  • Traffic
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Juvenile Dependency
  • Child Support (AB1058)
  • Mental Health
  • Domestic Violence Cases

In addition, the Kern County Superior Court has recently expanded interpreter services to civil case types. We now provide a court interpreter free of charge as follows:

  • All Family Law Cases
  • All Elder Abuse Cases
  • All Civil Harassment Cases
  • Unlawful Detainer Cases
  • Termination of Parental Rights Cases, and cases that involve custody or visitation of children
  • Conservatorship and Guardianship Cases
  • All Small Claim Cases

Please note: requests made in advance will assist in scheduling and will improve our ability to timely provide an interpreter and will reduce court continuances.

Need an Interpreter

Court interpreters are experts in language and are assigned to accurately interpret court proceedings. They are not parties to a case, have no interest in any case, and remain completely neutral in all matters. A court interpreter works for the court and does not represent any party. A court interpreter's sole responsibility is to bridge the communication barrier in order to provide limited English proficient users with access to Justice.

If you need an interpreter, please complete the Interpreter Request Form and email the request to: interpreter.request@kern.courts.ca.gov

You may also submit the form in person at the clerk’s office.

All requests must be made in advance with as much notice as possible, and prior to the hearing (a minimum two-business day notice for Spanish and five (5) business days for all other languages).

Language Access Complaint Process

If you believe you have not been provided with reasonable or professional language access, please complete the Language Access Complaint Form - IN006 via email or by mail to the Interpreter Services Division at the address listed below. The Court will respond within 30 days upon receipt of your complaint.

Please note that if your complaint does not fall within Language Access Services jurisdiction, it will be forwarded to the appropriate department/agency for investigation.

Interpreter Services Division, Language Access Services
1415 Truxtun Ave
Bakersfield, CA. 93301
661-868-4673
661-868-2640

Email Address: interpreter.request@kern.courts.ca.gov