388th District Court
Laura Strathmann, Judge
500 E. San Antonio
El Paso, Texas 79901
Phone (915) 543-3850
Fax (915) 543-3832
388th District Court
- NOTICE: Court Interpreters
- Effective 4/1/14, our office will only have THREE full time interpreters: Guadalupe Giron, Margarita Armigo & Gloria Noyola. Less if one if out sick. There are currently two vacancies posted which require the person to be LICENCED IN TEXAS.
- From 4/8-22/14 there will be only TWO interpreters during these TWO WEEKS.
- On Civil Hearings/Trials:
- As has been the policy for years on civil trials, the interpreter will be sent when the witness or client (petitioner/respondent) is gonig to take the stand.
The interpreter does not stay for the entire process of the trial or hearing. If the attorney requests an interpreter for the entire civil hearing or trial, he/she will have to hire their own interpreter.
- On Criminal Trials for the Defendant:
- When a defendant needs an interpreter, one will be provided throughout the trial. For any witnesses, please call the office.
- Our priority in sending an interpreter to court will be:
- 1. Criminal Trials for the defendant whether it's a District or County Courts at Law
- 2. Criminal Trials for witnesses on the stand, District or County Courts at Law
- 3. Criminal Hearings, District or County Courts at Law
- 4. Civil Trials for witnesses or petitioner/respondent on the stand
- 5. Civil Hearing, District or County Courts at Law
- 6. Probate Court hearings
- 7. Familly Courts, Protective Order Court, Childrens Court
- If an interpreter is assigned to a Family Court, etc., and a District Court, County Court at Law or Probate Court calls (whether its for Criminal/Civil Trial or Hearing) that interpreter will be PULLED OUT and sent to that court.
- When we call your office to pull out the interpreter, we ask that you relay the message to the bailiff for him/her to tell the interpreter to go to another court. We will try to send another interpreter when one is available
We appreciate your cooperation and patience when calling for an interpreter especially when there are 2-3 courts on the waiting list.
We are aware that attorneys at the last minute inform the court that they need an interpreter for their Criminal Trial. Please specify if the interpreter is needed for the defentant or a witness.
I know every court handles their hearings different but it would help if the defendants who need the interpreter can be heard first or within a reasonable time so as not to keep the interpreter waiting while other courts are waiting. Remember, you can be one of those courts waiting.
When an interpreter has been released from a court, they call the office for the next assignment. Please DO NOT tell the interpreter to go to your court for a hearing that "won't take long" or that an attorney wants the interpreter for an attorney and their client on the side. Because there are other courts waiting, everyone is assigned in the order that the courts call.
Please use extension 2110, which has always been the number to call for an interpreter rather than someone's extension in our office. If no one answers 2110 (which is rare) then call our main number 2143.
Martha A. Banales
Council of Judges Admin.
500 E. San Antonio #101
El Paso, TX 79901