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Legal translation is a specific type of translation used within the judicial domain. It refers to replacing the source language of a legal text with that of the target language. However, unlike other word-to-word translations, legal translation is culture-specific. The service encapsulates a range of texts like identity documentation, transcripts, filed patents, legal rulings, and so forth. The official language of the relevant jurisdiction is used in the process of legal translation. Specialists or Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) with intense knowledge of the source country's laws and judiciary and that of the target country are involved in professional legal translation. The process of legal translation is complex and riddled with ambiguities, and one should handle it with extreme care.


  • Legal jargon can vary significantly from one country to another. For example, there are considerable differences in the legal vocabulary of France, Quebec, Wallonia, Senegal and other French-speaking countries. There may be variations at the regional level, as well. Legal languages reflect the specificity of cultures and economic, political, economic and social histories of a community, and one must be extremely mindful of such subtleties. 

  • In addition to words, punctuation and grammatical connotations can also change the meanings of a legal document. Grasping the interplay of grammar, punctuation and terminologies with one another is the secret to an excellent certified translation.

  • As legal concepts affect a particular judicial system, explanations of the same within the translated text may be necessary. This explanation enables all parties to have a sound knowledge of what the legal consequences of the document can be. 

  • Fluency is of utmost importance in legal translation so that there is efficient communication of the meanings of legal languages, terminologies, concepts, systems, etc., between two diverse settings. As such, ample translation experience and strong knowledge of the two setups' legal languages are the focal indicators of an excellent legal translator.

  • Notarization and certification are often a part of ensuring that the court accepts a translated legal document. The methodology and bureaucracy behind such processes vary from country to country. At times, the translator also uses digitization, character recognition or desktop publishing techniques to make the certified translation look kempt and clean.


Legal translation has paramount importance within the sphere of law. It can pave the path for a transparent global judiciary. Moreover, all types of translation services are the rage right now. While searching for website localization, make sure to find a service that is compatible with your requirements.

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