Interpreter Services

We provide interpreter services to Superior, District and Juvenile Courts; District Court Probation; the Prosecutor's Office; and the Department of Assigned Counsel (Public Defender's Office). The office also assists with referrals for other agencies. 

The law provides for interpreters to be paid at government expense for limited English proficient (LEP) and deaf/hearing-impaired persons in all court and court-annexed proceedings without distinguishing among criminal, civil, or administrative matters. The law also extends to provide meaningful access for LEP and deaf/hearing-impaired persons working with court-supervised personnel and other court-ordered functions that are conducted outside the courtroom.

Pierce County Interpreter Services Office

930 Tacoma Avenue South, Room 247

Tacoma, WA 98402

Phone: (253) 798-6091

Email:  [email protected]

  1. Request for Service
  2. Role of an Interpreter
  3. Language Assistance Plan (LAP)
  4. Forms & Information for Court Interpreters
  5. How to become a Interpreter
  6. Other Resources

Interpreters are on personal contract and called on an as-needed basis.   Outside of the Spanish language interpreter, there are only a limited number of court certified or registered interpreters in the state.  The office requires 3-5 business days to successfully process your interpreter requests. 

To request for an interpreter, please complete this Interpreter Request Form and email it back to our office at [email protected] or by calling (253) 798-6091.   Remember to include all the information below in your request:

  • Name of individual(s) needing an interpreter
  • Case #
  • Date of hearing
  • Time of hearing
  • Language (Specify Chinese dialect: Mandarin, Cantonese, etc.)
  • Type of hearing
  • Approximate length
  • Courtroom #
  • Address where hearing will be held
  • Attorney handling the case
  • Contact phone #