Legal Language Services ranks Louisiana as a state with lightly regulated legal interpreting requirements.

Requirements for Certified Interpreters in Louisiana

Louisiana does not require certified interpreters for any legal proceeding. However, the state periodically offers oral exams for certification in accordance with NCSC testing protocols.

There are certified interpreters on the Louisiana registry in the following languages:

  • French
  • Laotian
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

Classification of Interpreters in Louisiana

There are two levels of classification for court interpreters in Louisiana.

Registered Interpreter: An interpreter who has attended a two-day orientation seminar, passed a standard written English examination as provided by the National Center for State Courts, passed a written translation examination, passed a criminal background check, and who abides by the Court Interpreter Code of Professional Ethics.

Certified Interpreter: An interpreter who has attended a two-day orientation seminar, scored at least an 80% on the written examination, scored at least a 70% on the four-part oral certification exam, passed a criminal background check, and who abides by the Court Interpreter Code of Professional Ethics.

Common Languages Spoken in Louisiana

According to a recent American Community Survey, approximately 8.74% of the Louisiana population speaks a language other than English.

What’s more, just more than 90% of the non-English speaking population in Louisiana speaks one of the following 10 languages:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Vietnamese
  • Cajun
  • Chinese
  • Arabic
  • French Creole
  • German
  • Tagalog
  • Portuguese

Other languages spoken in Louisiana include Italian, Urdu, Korean, Japanese, Laotian, Russian, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarathi, Polish and Mandarin.

Judicial Districts in Louisiana

There are 42 judicial districts in Louisiana. However, certification requirements in Louisiana are statewide and remain consistent across all local jurisdictions.

Call Legal Language Services at 1-800-788-0450 to find Louisiana interpreters who meet state interpreting rules for courtroom trials, hearings, depositions, arbitrations and other legal proceedings.

Please Note

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 Louisiana is believed to be accurate at the time of posting; however, Legal Language Services is not responsible for any errors or omissions.