Using Certified Interpreters in California

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Many California residents prefer using a language other than English. Judicial proceedings need all parties to communicate well with each other. Certified Interpreters can enable clear communication when a party is more comfortable in a different language.

Certified Interpreters. When using an interpreter, make sure to use a certified interpreter. The California Government Code specifies that “[e]xcept for good cause . . . , any person who interprets in a court proceeding using a language designated by the Judicial Council under subdivision (a) of Section 68652 shall be a certified court interpreter as defined in Section 68566 for the language used.” Cal. Gov’t Code § 68561(a), emphasis added. This certification requirement tries to provide consistency and accurate translation.

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