Legal Language Services ranks Oklahoma as a state with moderately regulated legal interpreting requirements.
The Supreme Court of Oklahoma has approved a credentialing program for interpreters in the Oklahoma courts, as recommended by the Board of Examiners of Certified Courtroom Interpreters.
Written exams for certification are offered periodically based on the guidelines of the Consortium for State Court Interpreter Certification. The oral examination (which is provided by the National Center for State Courts) is not currently administered in Oklahoma, but will be in the near future.
At this time, only Oklahoma residents are able to apply for certification. However, Oklahoma will also recognize federal certification, Consortium certification and certification from most state programs.
The Oklahoma Judicial Department defines legal interpreters in the following two ways:
According to a recent American Community Survey, approximately 8.85% of the Oklahoma population speaks a language other than English.
What’s more, more than 86% of the non-English speaking population in Oklahoma speaks one of the following 10 languages:
Other languages spoken in Oklahoma include Hmong, Malayalam, Hindi, Persian, Japanese, Kru/Ibo/Yoruba, Russian, Thai, Urdu, Laotian, other Pacific Island languages, Italian, Portuguese, Gujarathi, Chamorro, Mandarin, Hebrew, Algonquian and Cantonese.
*This table was created based on respondents’ written answers, the majority of whom wrote “Chinese” while others specified “Cantonese” or “Mandarin.”
This state has 26 judicial districts that encompass 77 counties:
Call Legal Language Services at 1-800-788-0450 to find Oklahoma interpreters who meet state interpreting rules for courtroom trials, hearings, depositions, arbitrations and other legal proceedings.
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