Legal Interpreting Guidelines in Arizona

arizona on US mapRegulations for legal interpreters in Arizona differ from those in other states.

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

In general, your legal interpreter must have the appropriate level of certification that meets your language needs.

This is especially true if you require an interpreter who will be working in a courtroom. This does not mean, however, that you should hire a certified interpreter for every situation.

Whether or not an interpreter is certified — let alone the level of certification — will have an effect on how much you are charged for legal interpreting services. Due to the added cost of certified professionals, it may not be a sound strategy to use certified legal interpreters if certification is not legally required for your proceeding.

In fact, some situations may not benefit from certified interpreters. In particular, where subject matter expertise and/or special skills are required, certification may be a secondary consideration in securing a competent interpreter.

As previously noted, non-certified legal interpreters can provide professional interpreting services at a more affordable price. As in other states, a certified interpreter in Arizona will command a higher fee for legal interpreting services. Prices will be affected based on the level of certification.

Legal Language can help you determine the best interpreter, certified or otherwise, for your legal interpreting needs in Arizona.

Requirements for Certified Interpreters in Arizona

Arizona does not require certified interpreters for any legal proceeding, nor does the state offer certification in any language. However, court interpreters are provided for state-level proceedings if non-English speakers are involved in the case.

The Arizona Court Interpreters Association is the only statewide court interpreter association in Arizona. The Arizona Court Interpreters Association is dedicated to offering training and education through workshops and seminars as well as providing codes of professional conduct and ethics for interpreters working in Arizona. According to the ACIA, the majority of their services are provided in 14 spoken languages and American Sign Language.

Arizona has also become a destination for business conferences, so the assistance of simultaneous interpreters is also needed for these events.

Some languages that require the assistance of legal interpreters in Arizona include:

  • American Sign Language
  • Arabic
  • Bosnian
  • Croatian
  • Farsi
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Navajo
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Ukrainian
  • Vietnamese

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

Common Languages Spoken in Arizona

According to a recent American Community Survey, approximately 27.1% of the Colorado population speaks a language other than English.

What’s more, almost 91% of the non-English speaking population in Colorado speaks one of the following 10 languages:

Spanish 76.75%
Navajo 5.46%
German 1.44%
Tagalog 1.22%
Chinese 1.22%
Vietnamese 1.11%
Other specified North American Indian languages 1.00%
French 0.96%
Arabic 0.89%
Apache 0.66%


Other languages spoken in Arizona include Korean, Italian, Hindi, Russian, Polish, Japanese, Serbo-Croatian, Romanian and Persian.

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