Legal Language Services ranks Utah as a state with moderately regulated legal interpreting requirements.
Utah state authorities periodically offer exams, both written and oral, for certification based on the guidelines of the Consortium for State Court Interpreter Certification.
Certification exams are provided by the National Center for State Courts and are available in numerous languages.
The Utah State Courts system defines legal interpreters in the following ways:
Not all venues in Utah require certified interpreters, even for Spanish-language 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 14.09% of the Utah population speaks a language other than English.
What’s more, more than 84% of the non-English speaking population in Utah speaks on of the following 10 languages:
Other languages spoken in Utah include Russian, Tagalog, Samoan, Italian, Serbo-Croatian, Mandarin, Laotian, Mon-Khmer/Cambodian, Dutch, Greek, other Pacific Island languages, Arabic, Swedish, Cantonese, Bantu, Persian, Urdu, Thai and other specified North American Indian languages.
*This table was created based on respondents’ written answers, the majority of whom wrote “Chinese” while others specified “Cantonese” or “Mandarin.”
There are 8 judicial districts in Utah encompassing 29 counties. Certification requirements in Utah are statewide and remain consistent across all local jurisdictions.
Call Legal Language Services at 1-800-788-0450 to find Utah 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 Utah is believed to be accurate at the time of posting; however, Legal Language Services is not responsible for any errors or omissions.