As need for court interpreters grows, who pays?

Jun 18, 2012
Jude Joffe-Block

Like many of the people waiting to turn in paperwork at Clark County’s family court, truck driver Ruben Vargas is here because of a custody battle. Whenever his ex doesn’t let him see their 6-year-old boy, he takes her to court.

But since Vargas only speaks Spanish, he’s had to pay for his own interpreter every time.

“I didn’t expect that I would have to pay,” Vargas said. “I thought it would be free. I thought there were people in the court to help people. But there isn’t.”