Legal Language Services ranks Wisconsin as a state with moderately regulated legal interpreting requirements.
Wisconsin state authorities periodically offer exams, both written and oral, for certification based on the guidelines of the Consortium for State Court Interpreter Certification.
Wisconsin also recognizes interpreter certification conferred upon an individual by other entities including certification from another state based upon NCSC exams, the Federal Court Interpreter Certification Exam (FCICE), and the NAJIT.
Wisconsin offers certification in the following languages:
The Wisconsin Judicial Department defines legal interpreters in the following ways:
Interpreters in Languages Other Than Spanish (LOTS) are defined in the following ways:
Not all venues in Wisconsin 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 8.29% of the West Virginia population primarily speaks a language other than English.
What’s more, almost 82% of the non-English speaking population in Wisconsin speaks one of the following 10 languages:
Other languages spoken in West Virginia include Arabic, Hindi, Tagalog, Laotian, Serbian, Greek, Albanian, Vietnamese, Algonquian, Dutch, Norwegian and Urdu.
There are 10 judicial districts in Wisconsin that encompass 72 counties. However, the certification requirements and programs in Wisconsin are statewide and remain consistent across all local jurisdictions.
Call Legal Language Services at 1-800-788-0450 to find Wisconsin interpreters that 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 Wisconsin is believed to be accurate at the time of posting; however, Legal Language Services is not responsible for any errors or omissions.