Legal Language Services ranks Florida as a state with moderately regulated legal interpreting requirements.
The State Courts System in Florida periodically offer exams, both written and oral, for certification based on the guidelines of the Consortium for State Court Interpreter Certification.
The state of Florida also recognizes certified interpreters from states offering Consortium-based certification as well as federal certification.
Certification examinations in Florida are available in the following languages:
There are currently three levels of classification for interpreters in the state of Florida.
According to a recent American Community Survey, approximately 26.64% of the Florida population speaks a language other than English.
What’s more, more than 91% of the non-English speaking population in Florida speaks one of the following 10 languages:
Other languages spoken in Florida include Russian, Polish, Greek, Hindi, Korean, Hebrew, Gujarathi, Urdu, Japanese, Dutch, Hungarian, Thai, Serbo-Croatian, Bengali, Romanian, Persian, Albanian, Telugu and Yiddish.
*This table was created based on respondents’ written answers, the majority of whom wrote “Chinese” while others specified “Cantonese” or “Mandarin.”
There are 20 judicial districts in Florida that encompass 67 counties. However, certification requirements in Florida are statewide and remain consistent across all local jurisdictions.
Call Legal Language Services at 1-800-788-0450 to find Florida 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 Florida is believed to be accurate at the time of posting; however, Legal Language Services is not responsible for any errors or omissions.