Interpreters / Guardian Ad Litem

Court Services is a Division of the Superior Court Administrator’s Office, located in Room 616 of the Judicial Courthouse, at 133 Montgomery Street [Map & Directions]. 

Interpreters
The Superior Court Administrators Court Services Division provides multilingual interpretation to ensure meaningful participation in the judicial court process for individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP)/ and Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH). In doing so, the Court promotes equal access to justice and guarantees court procedures are fair and understandable for court users from diverse cultural backgrounds.

The court assigns qualified court interpreters at no cost for criminal felony charges in Recorder’s Court, for all court proceedings in Superior Court and State Court, and provides language access services for court managed programs (i.e.,: Jury Duty).

Interpreter requests should be made to the Superior Court Administrators Office (Court Services) at (912) 652-7144 or (912) 652-7143, at least 3 business days prior to the court proceeding in order to ensure an interpreter is available.

Role of the Court Interpreter
A court interpreter interprets orally between English and another language during a court proceeding. The court interpreter's duty is to give a complete and accurate interpretation. The court interpreter should not change, leave out, or add anything to what is said. An interpreter cannot provide legal advice.

Becoming a Certified Interpreter
If you are interested in becoming an interpreter, please visit the Georgia Commission on Interpreters.

Appointment of Guardian Ad Litem
A Guardian Ad Litem (“GAL”) is a qualified court representative appointed by the Court to represent the interest of a minor child or disabled adult in Superior Court domestic or civil actions. The GAL investigates the pending issues and makes a recommendation to the Court to assist in the resolution of the case.

A Superior Court Judge will sign an Order appointing a GAL in a specific case. The Court will determine any fees for the parties. On January 1, 2016 The Mediation Center of the Coastal Empire Inc. began administering the Guardian Ad Litem program. The Mediation Center is responsible for collection of fees from parties and payment to the appointed Guardian Ad Litem. The Savannah Mediation Center currently administers the GAL program and is responsible for collecting GAL fees from the parties in the case, and for reimbursing the GAL for expenses in the case.

The Mediation Center of the Coastal Empire, Inc.
5105 Paulsen St., Suite 125D, Savannah, GA 31405
email: mediationcenter@bellsouth.net
(912) 354-6686

For information or to make a GAL payment, please contact the Superior Court Administrator’s Office (Court Services) at (912) 652-7143 or (912) 652-7144.

Forensic and Mental Evaluations
For information or assistance in a case where a forensic mental evaluation is needed, please contact Judge Freesemann's office at (912) 652-7252.

 
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