The Monroe County Court of Common Pleas (CCP) and Magisterial District Courts (MDJ) provide a range of language access assistance in all services, programs, and activities for the public. If you are a named party in a case, or are a witness, victim, or person acting as a parent (in loco parentis), you have the right to an interpreter at no cost to you. Language access services include:
- Interpretation and translation pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 at the federal level, and the Pennsylvania Interpreter Act, and Independent interpreters certified by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Court provide interpretation services.
- Hearing assistance pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Please keep the following information in mind:
- The Court does not employ certified interpreters. Independent interpreters certified by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Court provide interpretation services.
- A court employee, called the Language Access Coordinator (LAC), processes all interpreter requests. Once notified that an interpreter is necessary, the LAC contacts a group of certified interpreters in order to check availability for the requested date(s).
- Request an interpreter as far in advance as possible by using one of the request forms below. Certified interpreters are often difficult to schedule due to assisting other Pennsylvania Courts. The LAC goes to great lengths to secure an interpreter, however the Court might reschedule your hearing due to non-availability of an interpreter on the scheduled date.
- Send the completed form to the Language Access Coordinator as soon as you receive notice of a hearing. If your hearing date changes, contact the LAC immediately to reschedule or cancel the request.