Permanent court interpreters


Entities meeting the following requirements can be appointed permanent court interpreters:

– They meet the general requirements stipulated for civil servants

– They are perfectly proficient in Croatian and have native-like proficiency in a certain foreign language; if the appointing court is competent for an area with both Croatian and an ethnic or national community’s or minority’s language being official languages, they also must have native-like proficiency in that language

– They have graduated from a university graduate course of studies

– They have passed an exam in court organization, state administration and legal terminology (except for candidates who hold law degrees)

– They have passed professional training at a professional association of court interpreters

Permanent court interpreters must not fail to meet any of the requirements stipulated for civil servants.

EU member state nationals or foreign nationals can also be appointed permanent court interpreters if they meet the above requirements and if they are both perfectly proficient in their mother tongue and have native-like proficiency in Croatian or the language of an ethnic or national community’s or minority’s language.

Documents to be submitted

  1. Application to be appointed permanent court interpreter
  2. Résumé
  3. Certificate of citizenship
  4. Certificate of no pending criminal procedure against the Applicant issued by the competent court
  5. University diploma
  6. Certificate of proficiency in a certain (foreign) language (level C2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) – for candidates who are not holders of (foreign) language degrees


Court fee of HRK 300.00

E-payment account number:

Recipient: State Budget of the Republic of Croatia

IBAN: HR1210010051863000160

Model: HR64

Reference no.: 5045-3507 – payer PIN 

Competent body and applicable regulations

Ministry of Justice (County or Commercial Court competent for the Candidate’s place of residence or temporary residence)

Ulica grada Vukovara 49, 10000 Zagreb

Tel.: +385 (0) 1 3714-000

Courts Act (NN 28/13)

Ordinance on Permanent Court Interpreters (NN 88/08, 119/08)

Authorisation for activity performance

Decision on Permanent Court Interpreter Appointment

Legal remedies

The Candidate can appeal against a decision declining permanent court interpreter appointment to the County or Commercial Court that issued such decision within 15 days after the service thereof. The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Croatia shall resolve the appeal.

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