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

Requirements for Certified Interpreters in West Virginia

West Virginia does not require certified interpreters for any legal proceeding, however, the state is beginning an interpreter certification program.

Complainants, defendants and witnesses who are a part of any court or grand jury proceedings who are deaf or who have a language barrier have the right to an interpreter pursuant to W.Va. Code §57-5-7. If legal interpreters are not available locally, judges may request the presence of a certified or otherwise qualified interpreter from outside the state if it is deemed necessary in court proceedings.

Call Legal Language Services at 1-800-788-0450 to find West Virginia interpreters for courtroom trials, hearings, depositions, arbitrations and other legal proceedings.

Common Languages Spoken in West Virginia

According to a recent American Community Survey, approximately 2.33% of the West Virginia population speaks a language other than English.

What’s more, almost 80% of the non-English speaking population in West Virginia speaks one of the following 10 languages:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Arabic
  • Italian
  • Chinese
  • Tagalog
  • Japanese
  • Vietnamese
  • Urdu

Other languages spoken in Colorado include Korean, Hindi, Greek, Thai, Amharic, Russian and Polish.

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