Legal Interpreting Guidelines in Montana

Montana interpreting guidelinesRegulations for legal interpreters in Montana differ from those in other states.

Legal Language Services ranks Montana 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.

Do you need a certified interpreter?

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 in Montana 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 Montana.

Requirements for Certified Interpreters in Montana

Montana does not require certified interpreters for any legal proceeding, nor does the state offer certification in any language.

According to the Montana Code of 2011 and other laws for court procedures, complainants, defendants and witnesses part of any court or grand jury proceedings who are deaf or who have a language barrier have the right to an interpreter. 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 Montana interpreters for courtroom trials, hearings, depositions, arbitrations and other legal proceedings.

Common Languages Spoken in Montana

According to a recent American Community Survey, approximately 4.65% of the Montana population speaks a language other than English.

What’s more, about 83% of the non-English speaking population in Montana speaks one of the following 10 languages:

Spanish 29.03%
German 21.51%
Other specified North American Indian languages 9.25%
Algonquian 7.74%
French 6.24%
Russian 2.15%
Arabic 1.94%
Tagalog 1.72%
Dakota 1.72%
Norwegian 1.72%

Other languages spoken in Montana include Chinese*, Korean, Italian, Japanese, Vietnamese, Dutch, Portuguese, Navajo, Polish, American Indian, Irish Gaelic, Hmong, Hungarian, Swedish, Danish, Czech and Thai.

*This data is based on respondents’ written answers, the majority of whom wrote “Chinese” while others specified “Cantonese” or “Mandarin.”

Judicial Districts in Colorado

This state has 22 judicial districts that encompass 56 counties:

  • 1st Judicial District of Montana
    Counties: Broadwater, Lewis & Clark
  • 2nd Judicial District of Montana
    Counties: Silver Bow
  • 3rd Judicial District of Montana
    Counties: Deer Lodge, Granite, Powell
  • 4th Judicial District of Montana
    Counties: Mineral, Missoula
  • 5th Judicial District of Montana
    Counties: Beaverhead, Jefferson, Madision
  • 6th Judicial District of Montana
    Counties: Park, Sweet Grass
  • 7th Judicial District of Montana
    Counties: Dawson, McCone, Prairie, Richland, Wibaux
  • 8th Judicial District of Montana
    Counties: Cascade
  • 9th Judicial District of Montana
    Counties: Glacier, Pondera, Teton, Toole
  • 10th Judicial District of Montana
    Counties: Fergus, Judith Basin, Petroleum
  • 11th Judicial District of Montana
    Counties: Flathead
  • 12th Judicial District of Montana
    Counties: Chouteau, Hill, Liberty
  • 13th Judicial District of Montana
    Counties: Yellowstone
  • 14th Judicial District of Montana
    Counties: Golden Valley, Meagher, Musselshell, Wheatland
  • 15th Judicial District of Montana
    Counties: Daniels, Sheridan, Roosevelt
  • 16th Judicial District of Montana
    Counties: Carter, Custer, Fallon, Garfield, Powder River, Rosebud, Treasure
  • 17th Judicial District of Montana
    Counties: Blaine, Phillips, Valley
  • 18th Judicial District of Montana
    Counties: Gallatin
  • 19th Judicial District of Montana
    Counties: Lincoln
  • 20th Judicial District of Montana
    Counties: Lake, Sanders
  • 21st Judicial District of Montana
    Counties: Ravalli
  • 22nd Judicial District of Montana
    Counties: Big Horn, Carbon, Stillwater

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