Date:  Feb 10, 2024

TAMPA, FL, US, 33602

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Requisition No: 816805 

Agency: State Courts System

Working Title: COURT INTERPRETER - 22010498

 Pay Plan: State Courts System

Position Number: 22010498 

Salary:  $69,550.80 Annually* 

Posting Closing Date: 02/29/2024 

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Job Location

Thirteenth Judicial Circuit; Tampa, Florida


Job Description

Perform skilled professional duties as a certified or provisionally approved interpreter in judicial proceedings involving non-English and limited English-speaking persons.  The Interpreter serves as the connection between the non-English and limited English-speaking person and the court.  Duties include interpretation and translation of oral statements, testimony and written documents presented to the court in Spanish.



Under the direction of the court, the court interpreter serves as the official court interpreter and translator daily for hearings, non-jury trials, and jury trials for non-English and limited English-speaking defendants, witnesses, and victims.


Translate forms and documents utilized in court proceedings.


Perform office related duties, record and input daily report interpretation data into computer, compile and report monthly statistical hearing data, participate in training workshops for court interpreters, and train or observe freelance contractual interpreters.


Education and Training Guidelines

Bachelor’s degree with major course work in Spanish language or bachelor’s degree, supplemented by specialized training in the Spanish language at a training institution and court or legal related experience.


Must possess a valid Certified or Provisionally Approved Interpreter designation issued by the Florida State Court System, Office of the States Court Administrator.


Prefer certified interpreter designation.


* The successful candidate will be hired either at the minimum salary for a Certified Interpreter or 10% below the minimum if the candidate is a Provisionally Approved Interpreter.


A successful provisionally approved candidate selected for the position shall be required to become certified within one (1) year of being employed in the court interpreter position pursuant to Rule 14.205(c) of the Florida Rules for Certification and Regulation of Spoken Language Interpreters.


The Florida State Court System (SCS) is not responsible or authorized to pay for the costs associated with becoming a certified interpreter.



Working knowledge and understanding of simultaneous, consecutive, sight and tape translation techniques and procedures. 

Working knowledge and understanding of the court’s legal system. 

Working knowledge of the Administrative Office of the Courts’ operations, policies, practices and procedures.

Interpreters are required to be familiar with the Florida Rules for Certification and Regulation of Spoken Language Interpreters, and must adhere to the interpreter Model Code of Professional Responsibility.

Ability to fluently speak, read and write in Spanish and English.

Ability to work independently in a high stress environment.

Requires a valid designation as a provisionally approved court interpreter.

Incumbent must be professional in all regards.


Special Comments

Multiple positions to be filled.


Opened Until Filled; applications will be accepted until position is filled.


State funded position.


*Salary will include a Competitive Area Differential (CAD) pay additive amount of $171.50 monthly.


Paid vacation, sick leave and holidays, comprehensive health insurance and life insurance with accidental death and dismemberment benefits, supplemental dental, vision, life, disability and hospitalization insurance, promotional opportunities, tuition-free college courses, 457 Tax Deferred Retirement Plan.


How to Apply

For additional information and to apply visit the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court Employment website at Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Job Listings.


Submit 1) cover letter, 2) resume, 3) current State of Florida Application and AddendumPDF Download  (located only at, and 4) a copy of the provisionally approved certificate in one (1) PDF file via email to


All request documents must be received to be screened for potential interview.


Please note that future vacancies in this same classification may be filled because of this recruitment.


Mailing address is Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, 800 East Twiggs Street, Suite 605G, Tampa, Florida 33602.


To learn more about the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida visit the website at


For additional information about this job opportunity contact Kevin Foster by phone at 813-272-5477 or Fax 813-279-2285.


The successful applicant will be subject to a criminal background check.


We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, sex or gender, religion or creed, national origin, age, marital status, genetic, disability, or political opinions or affiliations.


We hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers.


If you need an accommodation to participate in the application/selection process, please call the contact person at the number 813-272-6330 or as indicated for each respective position.


Persons using a TTY or TDD may call the contact person through the FLORIDA RELAY SERVICE: Voice is 1-800-955-8770, TDD is 1-800-955-8771, NATIONAL RELAY SERVICE is 711.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Nearest Major Market: Tampa