Legal Language Services ranks Vermont as a state with lightly regulated legal interpreting requirements.

Requirements for Certified Interpreters in Vermont

Vermont does not require certified interpreters for any legal proceeding nor does Vermont offer a formal certification for court interpreters.

Instead, the Judiciary maintains an internal website which contains a list of agencies in Vermont and surrounding states that provide interpreters. It is up to court managers or their designee to determine if an agency referred interpreter’s skills are sufficient based on their responses to a form.

The state of Vermont also recognizes certified interpreters from states offering Consortium-based certification as well as federal certification.

Classification of Interpreters in Vermont

A certified interpreter is an interpreter who has scored a minimum of 70 percent on an oral exam as well as a three-part written exam and who has completed an orientation seminar.

If a certified interpreter is not available, an interpreter who has not achieved certification but has met minimum requirements to be approved by the court will be considered for legal interpreting assignments.

Common Languages Spoken in Vermont

According to a recent American Community Survey, approximately 5.44% of the Vermont population speaks a language other than English.

What’s more, more than 79% of the non-English speaking population in Vermont speaks one of the following 10 languages:

  • French
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Chinese*
  • Serbo-Croatian
  • Vietnamese
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Nepali
  • Marathi

Other languages spoken in Vermont include Korean, Bengali, Polish, Urdu, Greek, Dutch, Turkish, Albanian, Serbian, Hebrew, Portuguese, Japanese, Swedish, Slovak, other specified African languages, Tamil, Croatian and Mandarin.

*This table was created based on respondents’ written answers, the majority of whom wrote “Chinese” while others specified “Cantonese” or “Mandarin.”

Judicial Districts in Vermont

There are 14 judicial districts in Vermont that encompass the state’s 14 counties. However, certification requirements in Vermont are statewide and remain consistent across all local jurisdictions.

Call Legal Language Services at 1-800-788-0450 to find Vermont interpreters who meet state interpreting rules for courtroom trials, hearings, depositions, arbitrations and other legal proceedings.

Please Note

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 Vermont is believed to be accurate at the time of posting; however, Legal Language Services is not responsible for any errors or omissions.