Texas Interpreting – Legal and Conference Interpreters


Legal Interpreting In Texas

Texas is the largest state on the US mainland, naturally providing a population that is high in numbers as well as diversity. Obviously, with great population density comes ethnic diversity, providing a high demand for interpreting and translating. Interpreters play a vital part in bridging the communication gap in one of the most ethnically diverse states in the south. The state provides regulations that make sure all translators and interpreters are court certified and qualified under the Texas Rules of Evidence.

Court-Certified Interpreters

The Law is the number one industry in the state of Texas. A massive amount of legal interpreting in Texas is derived from the many ethnic work forces that exist across the state. However, as well with many other states, Texas has regulations that apply to legal translations and interpreting. In some cases a court shall appoint a certified court interpreter or a licensed court interpreter if a motion for the appointment of an interpreter is filed by a party or requested by a witness in a civil or criminal proceeding in the court. For many depositions trials and arbitrations a law firm or individual will have to find the appropriate interpreting services. In a county with a population of less than 50,000, the court may appoint a spoken language interpreter who is not a licensed court interpreter. In a county with a population of 50,000 or more, a court may appoint a spoken language interpreter who is not a certified or licensed court interpreter if: the language necessary in the proceeding is a language other than Spanish; and the court makes a finding that there is no licensed court interpreter within 75 miles who can interpret in the language that is necessary in a proceeding. A person appointed must be qualified by the court as an expert under the Texas Rules of Evidence; must be at least 18 years of age; and may not be a party to the proceeding..

Interpreter Certification Rules in Texas

To qualify for a court interpreter license, an individual must fill out an application form, demonstrating adequacy in English and court interpreting.Certified Court Interpreters must take written and oral examinations which are developed by the State Court Interpreter Certification part of the National Center for State Courts. The written examination measures the candidates’ English comprehension and knowledge of court terms. The oral examination measures the candidates’ interpreting skills and is given at one sitting in three parts which are recorded. Part 3 of the exam is simultaneous interpreting. This part of the examination requires the candidate to listen to and simultaneously interpret a recorded speech of a Lawyer. A person may not interpret for a hearing-impaired individual at a court proceeding or advertise or represent that the person is a certified court interpreter unless the person holds an appropriate certificate under this subchapter.

Conference interpreting in Texas

There are many important business hubs in Texas. Cities like Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and Austin have continued to gain importance in the global economy. Texas is also a major destination spot for event planners and corporations. Texas’s major industries like oil and gas and finance are worldwide so the need for business and conference interpreting is vital in connecting the world to Texas. Texas’s unique proximity to Mexico also creates the need for a wide variety of business interpreting. When hosting an important event it is critical that you have an experienced simultaneous conference interpreter and the proper interpreting equipment for the job. Seasoned professionals are vital to the running of a smooth event.

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