The Use of Interpreters in Federal Court Increased by 11 Percent in 2009

The number of federal court events requiring the use of interpreters increased by 11 percent in fiscal year 2009, the 12 months that ended on September 30, 2009. District courts reported that they used interpreters in 313,969 events, compared to the 282,733 events reported in FY 2008.

Spanish remained the most-used language for interpreters by far, with 302,959 events – 96.5 percent of all reported events. The number of languages requiring interpretation increased from 113 in 2008 to 120 in 2009.

Other frequently used languages in FY 2009 were Mandarin (1,543 events), Vietnamese (987), Portugese (776), Cantonese (733), Korean (618), Russian (594), Arabic (556), Haitian Creole (469), and Foochow (467).