Legal Language Services ranks Washington, DC, as a district with moderately regulated legal interpreting requirements.
Court systems in Washington, DC periodically offer exams, both written and oral, for certification in Spanish.
Washington, DC also recognizes certified interpreters from states offering federal certification as well as that based on the Consortium for Language Access in the Courts.
The Washington, DC Judicial Department defines legal interpreters in the following three ways:
A certified interpreter is always the first choice in courtroom settings, however, 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.
Call Legal Language Services at 1-800-788-0450 to find Washington, DC, interpreters who meet interpreting rules for courtroom trials, hearings, depositions, arbitrations and other legal proceedings.
According to a recent American Community Survey, approximately 14.53% of the Washington, DC population speaks a language other than English.
What’s more, more than 78% of the non-English speaking population in Washington, DC speaks one of the following 10 languages:
Other languages spoken in Washington, DC include Korean, Russian, Tagalog, French Creole, Japanese, Vietnamese, Persian, Cantonese, Polish, Mandarin, Swahili, Greek, Bengali, Turkish, Danish, Hebrew, Swedish, Gujarathi and Dutch.
*This table was created based on respondents’ written answers, the majority of whom wrote “Chinese” while others specified “Cantonese” or “Mandarin.”
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