Family Court of Western Australia

Interpreter Services

The Family Court provides interpreters for people using the Court who have limited English fluency or a hearing impairment.

Interpreters are available to interpret:

  • court hearings
  • conciliation conferences
  • mediations
  • information on court procedures (either by telephone or in person)

The Interpreter Services Policy has details of the services the Court provides.

To book an interpreter

Where one of the parties needs an interpreter, they must complete and sign an interpreter request form. The completed form should then be emailed to the Court's Audio Visual Officer at transcripts.familycourt@justice.wa.gov.au.

It is suggested that requests be made as soon as possible after the hearing date is notified to ensure an appropriate interpreter for that language is available.

It is particularly important that as soon as a trial date is allocated, a party requiring interpreter services contacts the Audio Visual Officer to make arrangements for an interpreter to attend at the trial. The trial may be delayed or adjourned if an interpreter is not requested and available.

Parties are no longer required to make their own interpreter bookings directly with an interpreter. The court uses the services of various interpreting service providers.

If an interpreter is no longer required

If an interpreter for a specific hearing date is not required because the matter has settled or the hearing date vacated or any other reason, please immediately notify the Audio Visual Officer via email to transcripts.familycourt@justice.wa.gov.au or telephone 08 9224 8349.


Last updated: 1-May-2019

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