Language Services Section

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Language Services Section
Supreme Court of Ohio
65 South Front Street, 6th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3431

Phone: 614.387.9404
Fax: 614.387.9409

Bruno G. Romero

Language Services Section Coordinator:
Quincella Harrison

Roster interpreters are available telephonically and via video to assist courts.

Roster of Interpreters

The Language Services Section provides courts with technical assistance, training, resources and policy recommendations to improve equal access to courts in cases involving limited English proficient, deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

Technical assistance is provided through consultation with local courts and dissemination of publications related to language access. The section provides technical services through the administration of testing, certification and credentialing of court interpreters. Training is offered to court staff, judges, magistrates, attorneys and other legal professionals on matters related to language access. Specialized training is offered to interpreters preparing for certification and credentialing. The section also develops resources to ensure consistency in the use of language services throughout the state.

NEW! Training Video
Appointment of Court Interpreters Under Sup.R. 88-89

Language Access Plan (PDF | Word)

Bench Cards

Appointment & Credentialing of Foreign Language Interpreters (2022)

Language Services in Case or Court Function and Ancillary Court Services (2022)

Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) in Ohio Courts (2022)

Working With Interpreters for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Persons in the Courts (2022)

Working With Telephonic Interpretation Services in Courts (2022)

Online Court Interpreter Training

Complaint Resolution

Legal Requirements for Language Access

Telephonic Interpretation

Court Interpreter Certification Forms

Certified and Provisionally Qualified Interpreter Roster

Language Services Section Resources

Translated Forms

General Resources for Court Interpreters

Calendar of Events

Advisory Committee on Language Services



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In order to comply with the prohibition against national origin discrimination in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000d, et. seq., the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, 42 U.S.C. 3789d(c), and 28 C.F.R. Part 42, Subparts C and D, recipients of federal funds must provide meaningful access to limited English proficient (LEP) individuals. Lau v. Nichols, 414 U.S. 563 (1974). The U.S. Department of Justice advises that practices, such as charging for interpretation and translation services or seeking recoupment for those costs, significantly impair, restrict, or preclude the participation of LEP individuals in the judicial system and are inconsistent with recipients’ Title VI obligations. For more information, please refer to Guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice to state court justices and administrators' Letter from Assistant Attorney of the Civil Rights Division to Chief Justices and State Court Administrators (Aug. 16, 2010); Guidance to Federal Financial Assistance Recipients Regarding Title VI Prohibition Against National Origin Discrimination Affecting Limited English Proficient Persons, 67 Fed. Reg. 41455 (June 18, 2002).