Legal Interpreting Guidelines in Wyoming

Legal Language Services ranks Wyoming 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 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 in Wyoming 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 Wyoming.

Requirements for Certified Interpreters in Wyoming

Wyoming state authorities periodically offer exams, both written and oral, for certification in Spanish and other languages. Wyoming also requires certified interpreters for certain legal proceedings.

However, 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 pursuant to Rule 28 W.R.Cr.P. 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.

Classification of Interpreters in Wyoming

Wyoming has several classifications of legal interpreters.

  • Independent Contract Language Interpreter: An interpreter who works as an independent contractor.
  • Temporary or Periodic Contract Employee Language Interpreter: A language interpreter who is working under a temporary or periodic contract.
  • Professionally Certified Interpreter: A language interpreter who has earned certification through a recognized interpreter certification program either in the State of Wyoming or another jurisdiction. An interpreter achieves certification by passing a written test in English, taking a 30-minute Oral Proficiency Interview, and attending a two-day seminar.
  • Registered Interpreter: A language interpreter who has not earned certification but has met the minimum professional proficiency standards, as established by the Wyoming Supreme Court, to be considered for assignments when a professionally certified interpreter is not available.
  • Qualified Interpreter: A language interpreter who has not met certification or registration requirements, as established by the Wyoming Supreme Court, but has been deemed qualified by the local court.

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

Common Languages Spoken in Wyoming

According to a recent American Community Survey, approximately 6.6% of the Wyoming population primarily speaks a language other than English.
What’s more, almost 88% of the non-English speaking population in Wisconsin speaks one of the following 10 languages:

Common Languages Spoken in Wyoming

  • Spanish
  • German
  • French
  • Algonquian
  • Russian
  • Tagalog
  • Greek
  • Dakota
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
Wyoming legal interpreting guidelines

Other languages spoken in Wyoming include Portuguese, Italian, American Indian, Indonesian, Swedish and Korean.

Judicial Districts in Wyoming

Legal interpreting requirements can vary by district in Wyoming. This state has 9 judicial districts that encompass 23 counties:

    • 1st Judicial District of Wyoming
      Counties: Laramie
    • 2nd Judicial District of Wyoming
      Counties: Albany, Carbon
    • 3rd Judicial District of Wyoming
      Counties: Lincoln, Sweetwater, Uinta
  • 4th Judicial District of Wyoming
    Counties: Johnson, Sheridan
  • 5th Judicial District of Wyoming
    Counties: Big Horn, Hot Springs, Park, Washakie
  • 6th Judicial District of Wyoming
    Counties: Campbell, Crook, Weston
  • 7th Judicial District of Wyoming
    Counties: Natrona
  • 8th Judicial District of Wyoming
    Counties: Converse, Goshen, Niobrara, Platte
  • 9th Judicial District of Wyoming
    Counties: Fremont, Sublette, Teton

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