Legal Interpreting Guidelines in Nevada

Nevada US mapRegulations for legal interpreters in Nevada differ from those in other states.

Legal Language Services ranks Nevada 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 a court interpreter.

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 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 Nevada.

Requirements for Certified Interpreters in Nevada

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

Common Languages Spoken in Nevada

According to a recent American Community Survey, approximately 28.21% of the Nevada population speaks a language other than English.

What’s more, more than 88% of the non-English speaking population in Nevada speaks one of the following 10 languages:

Spanish 69.62%
Tagalog 9.04%
Chinese* 2.30%
Korean 1.38%
German 1.31%
Vietnamese 1.10%
French 1.06%
Japanese 0.89%
Amharic 0.85%
Italian 0.85%

 

Other languages spoken in Nevada include Thai, Arabic, Cantonese, Persian, Russian, Mandarin, Armenian, Polish, Serbian, Greek, Bulgarian, Hebrew, Ilocano, Hindi, Portuguese, Hungarian, other specified North American Indian languages, Laotian and Chamorro.

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

Classification of Interpreters in Nevada

The Nevada Administrative Office of Courts defines legal interpreters in the following four ways:

  • Certified Interpreter: An interpreter who has scored a minimum of 70 percent on a three-part oral exam as well as a minimum of 80 percent on a written exam, attended an orientation seminar, obtained 40 hours of Nevada court observation, and passed a criminal background check.
  • Certified Interpreter, Master Level: An interpreter who has scored a minimum of 80 percent on a three-part oral exam as well as a minimum of 80 percent on a written exam, attended an orientation seminar, obtained 40 hours of Nevada court observation, and passed a criminal background check.
  • Registered Interpreter: An interpreter who has scored a minimum of 80 percent on a written exam, passed an oral proficiency interview, attended an orientation seminar, obtained 40 hours of Nevada court observation, and passed a criminal background check.
  • Qualified Interpreter: An interpreter who has been determined eligible by the judge to interpreter a judicial.

Not all venues in Nevada 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 Nevada

There are 11 judicial districts in Nevada encompassing 16 counties and one independent city, Carson City. Certification requirements in Nevada are statewide and remain consistent across all local jurisdictions.

  • 1st Judicial District of Nevada
    Counties: Carson City (independent city), Storey
  • 2nd Judicial District of Nevada
    Counties: Washoe
  • 3rd Judicial District of Nevada
    Counties: Lyon
  • 4th Judicial District of Nevada
    Counties: Elko
  • 5th Judicial District of Nevada
    Counties: Esmeralda, Nye
  • 6th Judicial District of Nevada
    Counties: Humboldt
  • 7th Judicial District of Nevada
    Counties: Eureka, Lincoln, White Pine
  • 8th Judicial District of Nevada
    Counties: Clark
  • 9th Judicial District of Nevada
    Counties: Douglas
  • 10th Judicial District of Nevada
    Counties: Churchill
  • 11th Judicial District of Nevada
    Counties: Pershing, Lander, Mineral

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