Legal translation as something very sensitive to many people: if the difference in language was not enough (otherwise, a large glossary would suffice), it is fairly difficult – if not impossible – to find a 100% correspondence between two legal systems and its institutions. Rather, they may differ greatly.
This is where legal expertise comes into play: a good court translator or court interpreter has to know the ins and outs of the legal systems of both countries he is dealing with. What is also important is to know how to look at things, where to look, and know when translating things simply produces an awkward outcome in the target language. .
Legal translation plays an important role in the law and order system,
Legal translations are used in both the criminal and civil justice systems: in a nutshell, whenever a foreign legal document is needed for legal matters in court, it needs to be translated. Legal translation is a complex task and it requires expertise.
Legal translation is normally used with reference to the following type of documents:
- Confidentiality agreements
- Letters of credit
- Registration documents
- Trademark and patent filings
- Arbitration and litigation documents
- Legal disclaimers
- Powers of attorney
- Laws and regulations
- Immigration documents
- Last wills and testaments
- Adoption papers
- Insurance policies
- Real estate leases and titles
- Trademarks and copyrights
- Service agreements and sales contracts
- Certificates of birth, marriage and death
Legal translations are often linked to someone’s past and future life, either personal or professional. That is why conflicts and disagreements due to incorrect translation must be avoided at all costs. Not only an incorrect translation can cause concerns, but even lead to litigations.
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