The Seventeenth Judicial Circuit is committed to providing qualified interpreters to limited-English-proficient and deaf persons in order to eliminate communication barriers that may prevent full participation in court proceedings necessary to ensure due process and equal access to the courts.
Spoken Language Court Interpreters
The Seventeenth Judicial Circuit provides spoken language court interpreters to limited-English-proficient persons in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, section 90.606, Florida Statutes, and Rule 2.560, Florida Rules of Judicial Administration.
Qualified spoken language court interpreters will be appointed where a fundamental interest is at stake and the inability of individuals to understand or express themselves in English may prevent full and necessary participation in court proceedings. Such cases include, but are not limited to, circuit and county criminal, juvenile delinquency and dependency, paternity, domestic violence injunction, mental health and incapacity proceedings, and any other matters in which the court determines an interpreter is necessary.
Qualified spoken language court interpreters will also be appointed for limited-English-proficient witnesses in any proceeding and for limited-English-proficient victims in any circuit or county criminal or juvenile delinquency proceeding.
The Court Interpreter’s Office provides in-house Spanish and French/Creole interpreting services to defendants and witnesses in court proceedings at all four of Broward County’s Court locations. The office also provides assistance with other languages, when needed. Requests for spoken language court interpreters, other than Spanish or French/Creole, must be received at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled proceeding. In the case of certain languages of lesser diffusion or unscheduled interpreting, more time may be necessary to arrange for a qualified interpreter and a remote interpreting service may be used.
To request a spoken language Spanish or Haitian Creole court interpreter, contact the Court Interpreter’s Office at: (954) 831-7290. For all other spoken language interpreters, email the Court Interpreter’s Office at: InterpreterRequest@17th.flcourts.org. Requests can also be made via fax to: (954) 831-7279.
Sign Language Interpreters
Additionally, the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit provides interpreter services and reasonable accommodations for deaf persons in all cases in accordance with section 90.6063, Florida Statutes, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
If you need a sign language interpreter or accommodation, you are entitled to one at no cost to you. Requests for sign language interpreters should be made at least 7 days prior to the scheduled event when possible. To request a sign language interpreter or ADA Accommodation, contact the ADA Coordinator, Diana Sobel, at (954) 831-7721.