Legal Language Services ranks Texas as a state with heavily regulated legal interpreting requirements.
Texas state authorities periodically offer exams, both written and oral, for certification and licensure based on the guidelines of the Consortium for State Court Interpreter Certification.
The state of Texas also offers federal court certification and accepts certification and licensure from NAJIT (National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators).
Texas offers certification and licensure in 22 languages:
The Texas Judicial Department defines legal interpreters in the following two ways:
Not all venues in Texas require certified or licensed interpreters. For counties with a population under 50,000, a licensed or certified interpreter is not required. Please consult with Legal Language Services for the rules pertaining to your specific venue and language.
According to a recent American Community Survey, approximately 34.20% of the Texas population speaks a language other than English.
What’s more, more than 94% of the non-English speaking population in Texas speaks one of the following 10 languages:
Other languages spoken in Texas include Kru/Ibo/Yoruba, Gujarathi, Telugu, Persian, Mandarin, Malayalam, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, Bengali, Tamil, Laotian, Amharic, Italian, Thai, Mon-Khmer/Cambodian, Cantonese, Swahili and Polish.
*This table was created based on respondents’ written answers, the majority of whom wrote “Chinese” while others specified “Cantonese” or “Mandarin.”
There are 9 judicial districts in Texas that encompass 254 counties:
Call Legal Language Services at 1-800-788-0450 to find Texas 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 Texas is believed to be accurate at the time of posting; however, Legal Language Services is not responsible for any errors or omissions.