Interpreter Service via Telephone




Language Line Services is a recognized leader in the telephone interpreting field, with services available in many different languages. The Court, through the generous financial support of the Federal Bar Fund, has a partnership with Language Line Services to provide over-the-phone foreign language interpreter services to:

  • self-represented litigants
  • parties using pro bono counsel

Telephone interpreting services may be available for court proceedings as well as for conducting business with the Clerk’s office at the intake counter or over the telephone.


  • While this service can be provided upon immediate request -- for court proceedings especially, if you expect to need this type of service, it is preferred that you make advance arrangement with the Courtroom Deputy, Pam Ricciarelli, at 401-626-3136 at least 48 hours prior to any hearing. 

  • If this service is needed while transacting business in the Clerk’s office, the request can be made directly to the intake clerk.

  • Upon request authorized by the Court, Language Line Services will be contacted by telephone to immediately assign a certified interpreter in the requested language. The service uses an ordinary telephone with speakerphone capability.

  • Interpreting is done in the “consecutive mode” rather than simultaneously. This method of interpretation is slow but gets the job done. It provides interpretation easily and inexpensively. The service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.