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].  Court Services has several important functions and responsibilities, as follows:

Appointment of Language/Hearing Impaired Interpreters or Translators
The Superior Court Administrator’s Office secures interpreter or translator services in cases involving felony criminal charges in Recorder’s Court or Superior Court, and misdemeanor felony charges in State Court, when the defendant is indigent, or without funds to pay for an interpreter.  In a case where an indigent defendant requires a language interpreter (i.e., Spanish, French, etc.), the defendant’s attorney or court personnel should contact the Superior Court Administrator’s Office (Court Services) at (912) 652-7144 or (912) 652-7143.

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 reimbursement fees for the parties in the case.  Court Services is responsible for collecting GAL fees from the parties in the case, and for reimbursing the GAL for his or her expenses in the case.

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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