Franklin County is very diverse, a mosaic of many cultures, a welcoming place to immigrants. The Franklin County Municipal Court provides interpreting services for parties and witnesses appearing in Municipal Court in more than 45 languages and American Sign Language.
The Interpreter Services Department supports the Judiciary's goal of ensuring that persons who are limited English proficient (LEP) or who are deaf or hard of hearing have equal access to all proceedings for both verbal and written communication. Franklin County Municipal Court functions in accordance with the Court’s Language Access Plan and the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio. Court interpreters are not advocates and therefore cannot provide legal assistance or advice.
On-staff interpreters interpret Spanish, Somali, French, MayMay, Swahili, and Italian. The Interpreter Services Department contracts with external language services for other languages as well as for American Sign Language and Certified Deaf Interpreters. Captions are also available. For the blind and deaf-blind, Print on Palm, Protactil, and Haptics are available.
For more information about the Interpreter Code of Conduct
, roster of interpreters
, common misconceptions about deaf people
, and other general resources
, visit the Supreme Court of Ohio.
If an interpreter is needed, please make the request soon as possible.