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Single point of contact for professional recognition, publicly appointed and sworn interpreters and translators

Interpreters and translators have - if certain personal and professional requirements are met - the possibility of being publicly appointed for their work in courts and generally sworn in. The general swearing-in by a central authority...

Interpreters and translators have - if certain personal and professional requirements are met - the possibility of being publicly appointed for their work in courts and generally sworn in.
The general swearing-in by a central authority is intended to make it easier for the courts and authorities to select personally and professionally qualified interpreters and translators and to avoid having to check their reliability and suitability in each individual case. However, the courts are not prevented from using a not publicly appointed and generally sworn interpreter and translator. Since the public appointment and general swearing-in in one federal state is valid nationwide, a swearing-in in Hamburg is ruled out if the interpreter and / or translator has already been sworn in in another federal state.

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Address and contact information

Address

Department of Home Affairs and Sport
Johanniswall 4 20095 Hamburg

Room: 522

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Facility info

Public transport

U1/Busse 2/3/16/X35/112 Steinstraße

Important notes

Prerequisites

The appointment of a sworn interpreter and / or translator is possible through successful participation in an aptitude assessment procedure or through recognition of existing professional qualifications. The conditions:
  1. Participation in the aptitude assessment procedure (language test): Main residence in Hamburg or in the metropolitan region, proof of the required knowledge of the German language and the working language (certificates and diplomas from universities or other universities in the field of interpreting and / or translation and / or evidence of several years of professional experience Activity as interpreter and / or translator)
  2. Recognition procedure (recognition of the equivalence of a qualification) z. B. State examination as an interpreter and / or translator from another country in the Federal Republic of Germany or a member state of the European Union / EEA
    see http://www.hamburg.de/innenbehoerde/rechtsgrundlagen/ )

In both cases, an informal, written application must be submitted. The completed application must be attached to: See 'Documents'

Documents required

Completed application form, 1 photo, curriculum vitae in German, from which the educational and professional path and the extent of the foreign language knowledge can be seen, a current certificate of good conduct in the original, declaration that there is no swearing-in in another federal state, evidence and certificates about the professional Aptitude (e.g. certificates and diplomas from universities or other colleges in the field of interpreting and / or translation, certificates of professional activity and / or evidence of activities as an interpreter and translator).

Application form http://www.hamburg.de/contentblob/3325136/data/meldungsformular.pdf

Please note

Recognition as a publicly appointed and sworn interpreter and / or translator requires a high level of linguistic competence in the mother tongue and working language. In particular, you must have a good knowledge of legal terminology. The service provider must be able to transfer verbal and written statements in the mother tongue and working language in the area of activity of authorities and courts in a factually correct and unambiguous manner.
More information on the website of the Ministry of the Interior and Sport at: http://www.hamburg.de/dolmetscher. Telephone information from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on: 040 42839-3818. Since the office is located in a security area, personal appointments can only be made by prior arrangement.

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