The clear choice for ASL legal interpreting

At Dovetail Communication Group, we provide certified American Sign Language (ASL) legal interpreters for legal and court settings throughout Texas. Our experienced legal interpreters regularly work with Deaf and hard of hearing participants in criminal and civil trials, hearings, depositions, attorney-client interactions, and law enforcement investigations.

Do legal interpreters need to be court-certified?

The State of Texas mandates that courts appoint certified legal or certified court ASL interpreters for all criminal cases (TEX CODE OF CRIM PROC, ART 38.3). And Texas also extends this requirement to civil court cases (TEX RULES OF CIVIL PROC, RULE 183).

So yes, in the state of Texas, you’re required to use a court-certified interpreter for all legal proceedings. In addition, throughout the United States it is considered a best practice to use certified legal or court interpreters for any work related to the legal system.


We provide experienced, court certified ASL interpreters for all legal and court settings, inside and outside of the courtroom. At Dovetail, we have 62 certified court interpreters (certified by the Texas Board for Evaluation of Interpreters—BEI). This number accounts for more than 40% of all BEI certified court interpreters in Texas. Because of the high stakes in the legal system, we use our court certified ASL interpreters for all legal work. So regardless of whether you need an interpreter for arbitration, an attorney-client meeting, a police interview, a civil court motion, or a criminal jury trial, we will always provide you with an ASL interpreter who is court certified.


At Dovetail, we have many years of experience working with courts throughout Texas, and our interpreters have handled a wide range of different criminal and civil cases.

Our number one priority in any legal setting is to ensure the accuracy of the court record. In some circumstances, this might require a whole team of in-person ASL interpreters, and in other situations it might make more sense to use virtual remote interpreters for the proceeding. We work with court personnel to determine the best, most efficient way to provide effective communication and ensure that the court record is fully accurate.


You can trust our experienced, court certified ASL legal interpreters to ensure effective, accurate communication in any court or legal setting. .