Court Interpretation Services in Ontario
The Ministry of the Attorney General provides court interpretation services in over 100 spoken languages, American Sign Language and Langue des signes du Québec.
Section 14 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the right to the assistance of an interpreter for a party or witness who does not understand or speak the language in which the proceedings are being conducted. This right exists regardless of the language involved.
In Ontario, the Ministry of the Attorney General provides court interpretation services in:
- Any language required in criminal and child protection matters
- Any language in civil, family and Small Claims Court matters, if the litigant qualifies for the Court Services Division fee waiver
- French in all civil, family and Small Claims Court matters
- Sign language in all court matters, and
- Any language when it is ordered by the court.
For more information on court interpretation services, please see the links listed below:
- About Us
- How to Apply to be a Freelance Court Interpreter
- How to Request an Interpreter
- Rules of Professional Conduct for Court Interpreters and formal complaint process
- New Tests and Accreditation Model
- Court Interpreter Information Sheet
- Frequently Asked Questions
For more information about court interpretation services in Ontario, contact us at:
Ministry of the Attorney General
Court Services Division
Court Interpretation Unit
720 Bay St., 3rd Fl.
Toronto, ON M7A 2S9