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Court Interpreter



    The Town of Guttenberg (“Town”) is a municipality of Hudson County, New Jersey.  Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.5 et seq, the Town seeks Requests for Qualifications (“RFQ”) from firms licensed in the State of New Jersey that wish to serve as “Court Interpreter” to the Town of Guttenberg, as directed by the Municipal Court Administrator or other appropriate officials within the Town. The successful firm must have significant experience in municipal court interpreting in New Jersey municipalities. The successful firm will provide the Town with the following functions, but not necessarily limited to:


1.    Interpret proceedings, hearings, interviews, and other municipal court related communicative events from English into Spanish and from Spanish into English

2.    Interpret consecutively into Spanish questions by attorneys, or by the Judge, and consecutively interprets answers given in Spanish by defendants, parties, and witnesses into English.

3.    Sight translates Spanish or English documents as required during a proceeding, hearing, interview, or other municipal court-related communicative event.

4.    Requests of the municipal judge a clarification of statements made by the speaker, if necessary, when unable to understand them or express a word or thought.

6.    Interprets simultaneously when required at proceedings all statements made by the parties, Judge, attorneys, and witnesses.

7.    Any other service necessary to perform the duties of an interpreter for the Town of Guttenberg

8.    Coordinate the requests from the Municipal Court or any other Board for non-Spanish language interpreters as needed.

9.    In the event of a vacation or unavailability of the interpreter, the interpreter is permitted to utilize a substitute for a limited period of time, and with the approval of the municipal court judge.

10. The vendor selected must be able to arrive to court at least fifteen (15) minutes prior to    
      commencement of court registration.

11. The vendor must translate and read an announcement of court procedures prior to the Judge
      taking the bench.
12. The vendor must be able to cover up to two (2) sessions per week.

13.    All necessary documents can be downloaded from the official Guttenberg website,


Professional Information and Qualifications

Each interested firm shall submit the following information:

1.    Name of Firm;
2.    Address of principal place of business and all attorneys or firm’s offices and corresponding telephone and fax numbers.  Please note specifically which attorneys will be assigned to work with the Town;

3.    Areas of Practice;
4.    Description of firm’s education, experience, qualifications, number of years with the firm and a description of their experience with projects similar to those described above;

5.    Experience related to provision of interpreter services for public entities with regard to municipal court hearings;

6.    At least four (4) references, three (3) of which must have knowledge of your representation of a public entity;

7.    Proven experience providing interpreting services for public entities on administrative issues;

8.    The firm’s ability to provide the services in a timely fashion (including staffing, familiarity and location of key staff);

9.    Cost details, including the hourly rates of each of the individuals who will perform the services;

10.      Statement of corporate ownership (c.52:25-24.2); and

11.    The interpreter must have passed a certification test administered by the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts, or a certification by any State/Federal agency recognized by the Administrative Office of the Courts as equivalent or superior to the certification test administered by the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts.

12.    Statement of corporate ownership (c.52:25-24.2).

13.    Any other information which the interested firm deems relevant.

14.    New Jersey Business Registration Certificate.

15.    Fully executed Non-Collusion Affidavit which is attached.

16.    Fully executed Disclosure of Ownership form which is attached.
17.    Mandatory Equal Employment Opportunity Language (if applicable).

Section Criteria

    The selection criteria used in awarding a contract or agreement for professional services as described herein shall include:

1.    Qualifications of the individuals who will perform the tasks and the amounts of their respective participation;

2.    Experience and references;

3.    Ability to perform the task in a timely fashion, including staffing and familiarity with the subject matter;

4.    Cost competitiveness; and

5.    Other factors, if demonstrated to be in the best interest of the Town.

Submission Requirements

    RFQ must be postmarked or hand-delivered no later than 11:00 a.m. to:

Alberto Cabrera, Town Clerk
Office of the Town Clerk
Guttenberg Town Hall
6808 Park Avenue
Guttenberg, New Jersey 07093

Please submit one original and three (3) copies to the RFQ. Use white 8 ½ x 11 paper.

All proposals shall be submitted in sealed envelopes with the wording:

Alberto Cabrera
Municipal Clerk
Date: February 20, 2018
11:00 a.m.

View Official Notice Here