If you speak limited or no English and are a party to a case (defendant, witness, parent/legal custodian), you have a right to a court-appointed interpreter during court at no cost. Minn. Stat. §§ 480.182
If you are deaf or hearing impaired, you have a right to an interpreter or other accommodation to assist with any communication at no cost to you. This right is a requirement of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Minn. Stat. §§ 363A.11.
The role of the interpreter is to ensure that your position is correctly communicated to the court and to ensure that you fully understand the proceedings.