Legal Interpreting Guidelines in Connecticut

Regulations for legal interpreters in Connecticut differ from those in other states.

Legal Language Services ranks Connecticut as a state with moderately regulated legal interpreting requirements.

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 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 Connecticut. Let us connect you with Connecticut legal interpreters.

Requirements for Certified Interpreters in Connecticut

Connecticut has several levels of classification for legal interpreters.

Connecticut state authorities periodically offer exams, both written and oral, for certification in Spanish and several other languages based on the guidelines of the Consortium for State Court Interpreter Certification.

In addition to Spanish, Connecticut offers certification in two other languages:

  • Polish
  • Portuguese

Additionally, qualifying examinations are offered in six other languages:

  • Albanian
  • Cantonese
  • Haitian Creole
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Vietnamese

Common Languages Spoken in Connecticut

According to a recent American Community Survey, approximately 20.51 percent of the Connecticut population speaks a language other than English.

What’s more, almost 85 percent of the non-English speaking population in Connecticut speaks one of the following 10 languages:

Common Languages Spoken in Connecticut

  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • French
  • Chinese
  • French Creole
  • Russian
  • German
  • Greek
Connecticut Capitol Building

Other languages spoken in Connecticut include Vietnamese, Hindi, Urdu, Tagalog, Albanian, Korean, Arabic and Gujarathi.

Classification of Interpreters in Connecticut

The Connecticut Judicial Branch requires professionally certified interpreters for many courtroom settings. A professionally certified interpreter is defined as an interpreter who meets minimum professional competency standards and has achieved a passing score on an oral certification exam for interpreters recognized by the Connecticut Judicial Branch.

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.

Not all venues in Connecticut require certified interpreters, even for Spanish-language cases. Please consult with Legal Language Services for the rules pertaining to your specific venue and language.

Judicial Districts in Connecticut

Judicial districts in Connecticut are organized differently than in most states.

Judicial districts are divided by city or town rather than by county. However, certification requirements in Connecticut are statewide and remain consistent across all local jurisdictions.

Call Legal Language Services at 1-800-788-0450 to find Connecticut 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 Connecticut is believed to be accurate at the time of posting; however, Legal Language Services is not responsible for any errors or omissions.

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