Regulations for legal interpreters in Louisiana differ from those in other states. Bilingual Resources Group ranks Louisiana 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. 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 Louisiana 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 Louisiana.
Requirements for Certified Interpreters in Louisiana
Louisiana does not require certified interpreters for any legal proceeding, nor does the state offer certification in any language.
According to Louisiana’s Code of Evidence 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 Bilingual Resources Group at 504-253-0364 or visit www.bilingualcare.com to find Louisiana interpreters for courtroom trials, hearings, depositions, arbitrations and other legal proceedings.
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 Louisiana is believed to be accurate at the time of posting; however, Bilingual Resources Group is not responsible for any errors or omissions.