Hungary does not have a central, electronic database of legal translators and court interpreters.
Specialised translation or interpretation may be pursued as a form of employment or any other paid work only by qualified specialist translators or interpreters.
With the exceptions referred to below, certified translations and certification of translations and of copies of foreign language documents can be done by the Hungarian Office for Translation and Attestation (Országos Fordító és Fordításhitelesítő Iroda Zrt, ‘OFFI’).
Under the Notaries Act No XLI of 1991, notaries who are entitled to draw up documents in a foreign language may produce certified translations in that language of documents in cases falling within their notarial remit or certify translations of such documents. Notaries certify a translation of an original document by adding an attestation clause to the end of the translation.
Diplomatic missions, including consular departments, may perform translation, foreign-language document copying and certification activities as provided for by law and international treaties.
Qualified specialist translators and specialist revisers may also make certified translations of extracts from the company register and authentic translations into any of the EU’s official languages (as chosen by the company) of company documents and data intended to be entered in the company register.
Interpreting services at courts, public prosecutor’s offices and law enforcement agencies based in Budapest are provided by OFFI. OFFI must also provide interpretation for courts, public prosecutor’s offices and law enforcement agencies outside Budapest that are unable to ensure the provision of interpreting services through the appointment of a qualified interpreter or other suitable person.
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