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Court Interpreters

The Tenth 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 Tenth 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.

Requests for spoken language court interpreters 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.

Sign Language Interpreters

Additionally, the Tenth 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 5 days prior to the scheduled event when possible. To request a sign language interpreter or ADA Accommodation, contact: The Administrative Office of the Court at (863) 534-4686.

*View this information in Haitian/Creole or Spanish

To Request an interpreter:

Polk County Courthouse

255 North Broadway Ave.

Bartow, FL 33830

863-534-7700

tgodinez@jud10.flcourts.org

Hardee County Courthouse

417 W. Main Street

Wauchula, FL 33873

863-534-7700

tgodinez@jud10.flcourts.org

Highlands County Courthouse

590 S. Commerce Ave.

Sebring, FL 33870

863-402-6622

dwilcox@jud10.flcourts.org

Court Interpreters are provided for the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese Mandarin
  • Chinese Cantonese
  • Gujarati
  • Haitian Creole
  • Hindi
  • Korean
  • Malayalam
  • Mixteco
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi, Spanish
  • Russian
  • Vietnamese and many more.

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(863) 534 - 4686

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