Legal Language Services ranks Maryland as a state with moderately regulated legal interpreting requirements.
Maryland 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 Maryland also accepts certification from interpreters living in Washington, D.C. and Virginia, provided that the interpreter takes a 1-day mandatory Introductory Workshop.
Maryland offers certification in 15 languages:
The Maryland Judicial Department defines legal interpreters in the following two ways:
All venues in Maryland require certified interpreters for languages in which a full certification exam is available. For languages that do not have a full certification exam, interpreters must be classified as “eligible.” Please consult with Legal Language Services for the rules pertaining to your specific venue and language.
According to a recent American Community Survey, approximately 15.96% of the Maryland population speaks a language other than English.
What’s more, 72% of the non-English speaking population in Maryland speaks one of the following 10 languages:
Other languages spoken in Maryland include Hindi, Arabic, Urdu, Italian, Persian, French Creole, Greek, Gujarathi, Portuguese, Mandarin, Japanese, Bengali, Telugu, Hebrew, Polish, Swahili, Tamil, Thai and Cantonese.
*This table was created based on respondents’ written answers, the majority of whom wrote “Chinese” while others specified “Cantonese” or “Mandarin.”
There are 12 judicial districts in Maryland that encompass 24 counties. Certification requirements in Maryland are statewide and remain consistent across all local jurisdictions.
Call Legal Language Services at 1-800-788-0450 to find Maryland 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 Maryland is believed to be accurate at the time of posting; however, Legal Language Services is not responsible for any errors or omissions.