Language Services Program Forms Translation Project

The Supreme Court of Ohio embarked on a translation project to benefit individuals who have Limited English Proficiency (LEP) by making 27 court forms available in five major languages: Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Somali and Spanish. 

These forms were selected by the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Interpreter Services in collaboration with the Ohio Judicial Conference to assist courts in Ohio to enhance communication with linguistic minorities. The Supreme Court selected, through a competitive bid process, professional language translators qualified to provide clear and accurate translations. Their qualifications are available for review upon request. While the translations are accurate, they are not official forms approved by the Supreme Court. Users must still complete and file the English version of these translated forms.

Each English version of the form is posted below along with the translated versions in the five languages. The forms are recommended to be used by the parties to enhance their understanding of legal information and also to advance the work of court interpreters by allowing them to provide the same precise information to everyone. These forms are not meant to substitute the advice of counsel or the role of the interpreters. Parties may want to seek further advice from attorneys.

The project was spearheaded by the Translation Subcommittee of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Interpreter Services and was coordinated by the Language Services Program. The translation process involved the selection of five professional translators to translate the forms and five editors to review the work of the translators.  The two-tier process was designed to ensure the highest quality and accuracy in the translation of the forms.

The project was funded by a generous grant from the Ohio State Bar Foundation.

The translated forms include the following:

  1. Application for Appointment of Guardian of Alleged Incompetent (Probate)*
    Arabic | Chinese | Russian | Somali | Spanish | English
  2. Application for Appointment of Guardian of Minor (Probate)*
    Arabic | Chinese | Russian | Somali | Spanish | English
  3. Application for Change of Name of Adult (Probate)*
    Arabic | Chinese | Russian | Somali | Spanish | English
  4. Application for Change of Name of Minor (Probate)*
    Arabic | Chinese | Russian | Somali | Spanish | English
  5. Small Claims Court - A Citizens Guide, Eight Edition, 2006 (Civil)*
    Arabic | Chinese | Russian | Somali | Spanish | English
  6. Waiver of Right to an Attorney (Municipal)
    Arabic | Chinese | Russian | Somali | Spanish | English
  7. Waiver of Trial by Jury (Municipal Court)
    Arabic | Chinese | Russian | Somali | Spanish | English
  8. Defendant’s Waiver of Jury Trial (Common Pleas)
    Arabic | Chinese | Russian | Somali | Spanish | English
  9. Waiver of Rights upon Guilty Plea or No Contest (Municipal Court)
    Arabic | Chinese | Russian | Somali | Spanish | English
  10. Waiver of the Right to Counsel (Common Pleas)
    Arabic | Chinese | Russian | Somali | Spanish | English
  11. Hearing Notice (Juvenile)
    Arabic | Chinese | Russian | Somali | Spanish | English
  12. Summons (Juvenile)
    Arabic | Chinese | Russian | Somali | Spanish | English
  13. Statement of Rights-Alleged Delinquent Child (Juvenile)
    Arabic | Chinese | Russian | Somali | Spanish | English
  14. Statement of Rights-Alleged Traffic Offender (Juvenile)
    Arabic | Chinese | Russian | Somali | Spanish | English
  15. Order/Notice to Withhold Income for Child and Spousal Support (Juvenile/Domestic)*
    Arabic | Chinese | Russian | Somali | Spanish | English
  16. Uniform Affidavit of Property (Domestic Relations)
    Arabic | Chinese | Russian | Somali | Spanish | English
  17. Affidavit Parenting Proceeding Information (Domestic Relations)
    Arabic | Chinese | Russian | Somali | Spanish | English
  18. 10.03-H Warning Concerning The Attached Protection Order*
    Arabic | Chinese | Russian | Spanish | English
  19. 10.01-A: General Information About Domestic Violence Protection Orders*
    Arabic | Chinese | Russian | Spanish | English
  20. 10.01-B: How to Obtain a Domestic Violence Civil Protection Order (CPO)*
    Arabic | Chinese | Russian | Spanish | English
  21. 10.01-C: Instructions For Completing the Petition for a Domestic Violence Civil Protection Order*
    Arabic | Chinese | Russian | Spanish | English
  22. 10.01-E: Instructions For Completing the Information For Parenting Proceeding Affidavit*
    Arabic | Chinese | Russian | Spanish | English
  23. 10.01-G: Warning Concerning the Attached Domestic Violence Protection Order*
    Arabic | Chinese | Russian | Spanish | English
  24. 10.03-G: Instructions For Obtaining a Civil Stalking or Sexually Oriented Offense Protection Order*
    Arabic | Chinese | Russian | Spanish | English
  25. 10.04-A: Notice Concerning the Possession or Purchase of Firearms*
    Arabic | Chinese | Russian | Somali | Spanish | English
  26. Defendant’s Waiver of Speedy Trial (Common Pleas)
    Arabic | Chinese | Russian | Somali | Spanish | English
  27. 10.05-A: How to Complete a Petition for a Juvenile Civil Protection Order or a Juvenile Domestic Violence Civil Protection Order
    Arabic | Chinese | Spanish | English
  28. 10.05-F: Warning Concerning the Attached Juvenile Civil Protection Order or Juvenile Domestic Violence Civil Protection Order
    Arabic | Chinese | Spanish | English

Translator Qualifications

*Uniform Forms