This Glossary by the Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV), Interpreter Planning Partnership (IPP) is composed of frequently used but difficult-to-find specialized words used in Legal Service attorney/client consultations, court proceedings, administrative hearings and publications. It is intended to assist interpreters, translators, bilingual attorneys, paralegals and intake specialists who already have a professional or semi-professional knowledge of the English and Spanish.

This terminology in this glossary should be helpful in matters related to Civil Law, Human Rights Law, Constitutional Law, Public Benefits Law and Administrative Law.

Medical, Psychological, Sociological, Educational and Linguistic terminology has also been included.

This word list has been compiled from various resources, including glossaries from US Government web sites, standard dictionaries, glossaries of legal terms used by court interpreters. Also included are terms from the US Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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