Spokane Municipal Court provides interpreter services, free of charge, to limited English proficient (LEP), deaf and hearing-impaired persons.
Washington State law secures the rights of deaf persons and of other persons who because of impairment of hearing or speech are unable to readily understand or communicate spoken English and who consequently cannot be fully protected in legal proceedings unless qualified interpreters are available to assist them.
Washington State law secures the rights of persons who because of a non-English speaking cultural background are unable to readily understand or communicate in English and who consequently cannot be fully protected in legal proceedings unless qualified interpreters are available to assist them.
Per General Rule (GR) 11, the use of qualified interpreters is authorized in judicial proceedings involving hearing impaired or non-English speaking individuals.
The purpose of this Code is to establish and maintain high standards of conduct to preserve the integrity and independence of the adjudicative system.
The Washington State Interpreter Commission serves as a policy making and advisory body to Washington Courts, including the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), concerning court interpreters and language assistance in general. The Commission sets policy for the courts and the Court Interpreter Program, which is responsible for interpreter certification, registration, testing, continuing education, training, and discipline. The Commission is also responsible for strategic planning and working with educational institutions and other interpreter program stakeholder groups to develop resources to support court interpreting in Washington.
Credentialed (certified or registered) interpreters have demonstrated their ability and competency to interpret in a court setting. To become credentialed, interpreter must:
You will find additional information on becoming a Certified or Registered Court interpreter by going to the Washington Courts website.
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Municipal Court Clerk's Office
1100 W Mallon Ave
Spokane, WA 99260
Most of the hearings held in Spokane Municipal Court are digitally recorded. To access the audio recording for a specific hearing:
To serve bench copies to a Judicial Officer please email:
Judicial Administrative Assistant
Please ensure compliance with SPMCrRLJ 8.2(d).