Legal Language Services ranks Alabama as a state with moderately regulated legal interpreting requirements.
Alabama does not require certified interpreters for any legal proceeding. However, Alabama’s Administrative Office of Courts (AOC) periodically offers exams, both written and oral, for certification based on the guidelines of the Consortium for State Court Interpreter Certification.
The Alabama Administrative Office of Courts defines legal interpreters in the following ways:
According to a recent American Community Survey, approximately 4.95% of the Alabama population speaks a language other than English.
What’s more, more than 86% of the non-English speaking population in Alabama speaks one of the following 10 languages:
Other languages spoken in Alabama include Italian, Persian, Telugu, Russian, Hmong, Mandarin,* Portuguese, Gujarathi, Kru/Ibo/Yoruba, Turkish, Laotian, Greek, India, Urdu, Swahili, Bengali, Mon-Khmer/Cambodian, Dutch, Hebrew, and South/Central American Indian.
*This table was created based on respondents’ written answers, the majority of whom wrote “Chinese” while others specified “Mandarin.”
There are 41 judicial districts in Alabama that encompass 67 counties. However, certification requirements in Alabama are statewide and remain consistent across all local jurisdictions.
Call Legal Language Services at 1-800-788-0450 to find Alabama interpreters who meet state interpreting rules for courtroom trials, hearings, depositions, arbitrations and other legal proceedings.
The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information about legal interpreting guidelines in Alabama is believed to be accurate at the time of posting; however, Legal Language Services is not responsible for any errors or omissions.