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Relevant Concepts for Civil Law

This comprehensive course equips interpreters with an in-depth understanding of civil law terminology, encompassing contracts, property, family law, and torts. Through practical exercises and focused study, participants will learn to navigate civil procedures, interpret legal terms during proceedings, and uphold key ethical standards.


This course focuses on providing interpreters with a comprehensive understanding of civil terminology commonly encountered in legal proceedings and related contexts. Civil law encompasses a wide range of legal matters, including contracts, real property, family law, and torts, among others. Interpreters working in legal settings must possess a thorough knowledge of civil terminology to accurately convey legal concepts and proceedings to individuals who speak different languages.

Throughout this course, participants will explore the fundamental principles, terminology, and procedures associated with civil law. Special emphasis will be placed on terminology specific to civil litigation, contracts, property law, and other areas commonly encountered in civil proceedings. Participants will also engage in practical exercises, case studies, and simulations to reinforce their understanding of civil terminology and its application in interpretation settings.


  1. Understand the structure and principles of civil law, including key concepts such as legal rights, obligations, and liabilities.
  2. Explore the terminology and vocabulary used in civil litigation, including terms related to pleadings, motions, hearings, and trials.
  3. Develop proficiency in interpreting civil contracts, including understanding contract terms, clauses, and legal implications.
  4. Gain familiarity with property law terminology, including terms related to real property, deeds, mortgages, and easements.
  5. Examine terminology relevant to family law matters, such as marriage, divorce, custody, and adoption.
  6. Practice interpreting civil terminology accurately and effectively in both consecutive and simultaneous interpretation modes.
  7. Discuss ethical considerations and challenges specific to interpreting civil proceedings, including maintaining impartiality, confidentiality, and accuracy.


  • I. Introduction to Civil Matters in Legal Settings
    • A. Overview of civil law and its significance in legal proceedings
    • B. Role of interpreters in facilitating communication in civil matters within the court system
    • C. Understanding the differences between civil and criminal proceedings
  • II. Legal Terminology in Civil Matters
    • A. Introduction to key legal concepts and terminology relevant to civil litigation
    • B. Explanation of terms commonly used in civil complaints, motions, and court orders
    • C. Vocabulary related to specific areas of civil law, such as contracts, property rights, and family law
  • III. Civil Litigation Procedures
    • A. Overview of the stages and procedures involved in civil litigation
    • B. Explanation of the roles and responsibilities of parties involved in civil cases
    • C. Familiarization with courtroom protocol and etiquette in civil proceedings
  • IV. Interpreting Civil Contracts
    • A. Understanding the structure and components of civil contracts
    • B. Interpreting contractual terms, clauses, and legal obligations accurately
    • C. Practice exercises to improve proficiency in interpreting civil contracts
  • V. Terminology for Real Estate matters
    • A. Real property, deeds and titles
    • B. Unlawful detainers
    • C. Property transactions, such as mortgages, easements, and liens
  • VI. Personal Injury proceedings
    • A. Overview of the stages and procedures involved in PI proceedings
    • B. Parties involved in this type of cases
  • VII. Small claims
    • A. Overview of the stages and procedures involved in PI proceedings
    • B. Parties involved in this type of cases

Course Content

This course consists of a presentation, videos, and a quiz. You will have 90 days from the date of purchase to complete this course. Click on the title below to start the lesson.