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.

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.

Please contact the OCA Language Access Department at (512) 463-5656 or interpreter@txcourts.gov.

 

Find a Licensed Court Interpreter in Texas

Search for licensed court interpreters from JBCC's online certification and licensing system. You may search for interpreters by county by clicking on (+) Address information, and results can be exported to Excel by clicking on Generate Excel.

State Statutes & Rules

See the Texas Constitution and Statutes website for applicable state statutes:

See Texas Judicial Branch Rules & Standards for the following documents:

Texas Court Remote Interpreter Service

OCA's Texas Court Remote Interpreter Service (TCRIS) provides licensed Spanish court interpreters at no cost to Texas courts. The services are available for use in all case types for short, non-contested and non-evidentiary hearings that would typically last 30 minutes or less.

Self-Represented Litigants

Please visit the Self-Help section of our website for information for persons who do not have a lawyer.  The information is not legal advice and does not take the place of talking to a lawyer.

  • Texas Law Help - Information about different areas of the law for people who are handling their own simple civil legal matter. It also has a Chat service that allows the user to chat with someone who can help.
  • Texas Court Help - Videos and other information in English and Spanish about going through the court system, including information about how to find a lawyer, where to find forms, and how to get ready to go to court.
  • Texas State Law Library Consumer & Self-Help Information - The State Law Library web site has Self-Help information, forms, and links. Its Ask a Librarian feature allows users to get legal information from a librarian by email.

Federal Laws, Regulations & Guidelines

Language Access Plans

Model Language Access Plans

The plans adopted in various Texas counties may serve as models for development of a language access plan.

Texas Census Information

These links may be used to obtain census data for the entire State and/or a county:

Additional Resources

  1. Interpreters work in spoken and signed languages, while translators work in written languages.