Legal Language Services ranks California as a state with heavily regulated legal interpreting requirements.
In California, certification is required for legal proceedings and medical/legal appointments.
California state authorities periodically offer exams, both written and oral, for certification based on the guidelines of the Consortium for State Court Interpreter Certification.
The state of California also offers reciprocity for federally certified court interpreters and to individuals who have successfully passed the Bilingual Oral Interpreting Exams offered in Consortium for Language Access in the Courts member states.
California offers certification in 14 other languages:
The Judicial Council of California defines legal interpreters in the two following ways:
According to a recent American Community Survey, approximately 42.98% of the California population speaks a language other than English.
What’s more, more than 87% of the non-English speaking California population speaks one of the following 10 languages:
Other languages spoken in California include Russian, Hindi, Arabic, French, German, Panjabi, Portuguese, Mon-Khmer/Cambodian, Hmong, Italian, Thai, Gujarathi, Hebrew, Urdu, Laotian, Formosan, Telugu, Tamil and Indonesian.
*This table was created based on respondents’ written answers, the majority of whom wrote “Chinese” while others specified “Cantonese” or “Mandarin.”
There are 58 judicial districts in California, one for each of the state’s 58 counties. However, certification requirements in California are statewide and remain consistent across all local jurisdictions.
Call Legal Language Services at 1-800-788-0450 to find California 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 California is believed to be accurate at the time of posting; however, Legal Language Services is not responsible for any errors or omissions.