Translation monopoly ends in Hungary

January 30, 2018

A new law which took effect in Hungary on January 1, 2018 is ending the state monopoly on attested (or certified) translations, reports. Now, translations of documents submitted to courts can be provided by any translation agency.

Article 62 of the Act CXXX of 2016 on the Code of Civil Procedure states
that “if translation is necessary, simple translation may be applied, unless
provided otherwise by law, a binding legal act of the European Union, or an
international convention. If any doubt arises concerning the accuracy or
completeness of the translated text, certified translation shall be applied.”

Thus, Until the passage of the new ruling, the Hungarian Office for
Translation and Attestation Ltd. (Országos Fordító és Fordításhitelesítõ Iroda
Zrt. or OFFI) was the only organization that could issue attested translations
that were be accepted by all courts and all public administration authorities.


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