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Legal Interpreting

  1. Erik Hertog

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0677

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

How to Cite

Hertog, E. 2012. Legal Interpreting. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


A “legal interpreter” is a trained, qualified professional providing interpreting to those involved in whatever capacity—be it as defendant, refugee, victim, witness, etc.—in a legal system whose language they do not speak.


  • government, politics, and law;
  • forensic linguistics;
  • interpretation;
  • translation