Legal Language Services ranks Nebraska as a state with moderately regulated legal interpreting requirements.
Excepting Spanish-language and ASL cases, Nebraska does not require certified interpreters for any legal proceeding.
Nebraska 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 Nebraska also offers federal court certification and accepts Court Interpreter Certification Certificates from any state which is a member of the National Center for State Court’s Consortium for Language Access in the Court.
Nebraska offers certification in 21 languages:
The Nebraska Judicial Department defines legal interpreters in the following three ways:
Not all venues in Nebraska require certified interpreters, except in Spanish-language and ASL cases. Please consult with Legal Language Services for the rules pertaining to your specific venue and language.
According to a recent American Community Survey, approximately 9.55% of the Nebraska population speaks a language other than English.
What’s more, almost 86% of the non-English speaking population in Nebraska speaks one of the following 10 languages:
Other languages spoken in Nebraska include Hindi, Polish, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Tamil, Russian, Dakota, Kurdish, Thai, Ukrainian, other specified North American Indian languages, Mandarin, Portuguese, Bengali, Kru/Ibo/Yoruba, Telugu and Dutch.
*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 Nebraska that encompass 93 counties:
Call Legal Language Services at 1-800-788-0450 to find Nebraska 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 Nebraska is believed to be accurate at the time of posting; however, Legal Language Services is not responsible for any errors or omissions.