Interpretation & Translation

Language Access in Texas Courts 

Spoken language interpreters[1] play a vital role in ensuring due process and helping court proceedings function efficiently and effectively. The Judicial Branch Certification Commission (JBCC), of the Office of Court Administration (OCA), licenses court interpreters[2] and maintains a list to help courts locate licensed interpreters throughout the state.

While the courts are responsible for locating and scheduling language interpreters, the OCA Language Access Department can provide resources and information to facilitate the courts' use of interpreters. OCA also operates the Texas Court Remote Interpreter Service (TCRIS), which provides licensed Spanish court interpreters at no cost to courts, via telephone and videoconference.

Here we provide information and resources for judges, court personnel, and interpreters. If you have other questions or need further information, please contact the OCA Language Access Department, at (512) 463-5656 or

  1. Interpreters work in spoken and signed languages, while translators work in written languages.
  2. On September 2014, the Licensed Court Interpreter Program was moved from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation to the JBCC.