But depending on the location of the court, that list expands. It includes Cambodian/Khmer, Japanese, Malayalam, Hmong, Lao and even dialects of the Aleutian Islands.
Getting certified is a hurdle. Only about 10% pass the state examination. The job pays up to $77,000 a year.
Interpreters must show proficiency not just in everyday language but in understanding and translating legal jargon and expert evidence.
The Aleut language consists of three dialects, including Eastern, Atkan, and Attuan (now extinct).
Various sources estimate there are fewer than 100 to 150 remaining active Aleut speakers.
So the Aleut language, which is spoken by Inuit on small islands in the northern Pacific Ocean, has fewer than 100 speakers, yet California courts are obliged to have professional Aleut interpreters readily available? Yeah, that's perfectly reasonable...