Legal Interpreting Guidelines in New Hampshire

Legal Language Services ranks New Hampshire as a state with lightly 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. Please be aware that some counties in New Hampshire may have specific legal interpreting regulations in addition to the statewide requirements.

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 New Hampshire.

Requirements for Interpreters in New Hampshire

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

Classification of Interpreters in New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Judicial Department defines legal interpreters in the following three ways:

  • Certified Interpreter: An interpreter who has passed the federal Administrative Office of the Courts examination for Spanish, Haitian Creole or Navajo.
  • Professionally Qualified Interpreter: An interpreter who has passed the State Department conference or seminar interpreter test in a language pair that includes English and the target language; or, passed the interpreter test of the United Nations in a language pair that includes English and the target language; or, is a current member in good standing of AIIC or TAALS.
  • Language Skilled Interpreter: An interpreter who does not qualify as a professionally qualified interpreter, but who can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the court the ability to interpret court proceedings from English to a designated language and from that language into English.

Please consult with Legal Language Services for the rules pertaining to your specific New Hampshire venue and language.

Common Languages Spoken in New Hampshire

According to a recent American Community Survey, approximately 8.05% of the New Hampshire population speaks a language other than English.

What’s more, more than 76% of the non-English speaking population in New Hampshire speak one of the following 10 languages:

Common Languages Spoken in New Hampshire

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Chinese
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Vietnamese
  • Arabic
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Other languages spoken in New Hampshire include Russian, Gujarathi, Serbo-Croatian, Polish, Nepali, Indonesian, Korean, Tagalog, Romanian, Telugu, Hebrew, Tamil, Bantu, Cantonese, Mon-Khmer/Cambodian, Japanese, Laotian, Swedish and Dutch.

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

Judicial Districts in New Hampshire

New Hampshire has 10 judicial districts, one for each county.

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