• Foreign-language services for the public sector

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    Foreign-language services for the public sector

Foreign-language services for the public sector

In order to be able to meet the needs of a multicultural population, information and forms from ministries and public authorities must be offered and administrated in a wide range of languages. For almost 50 years now, KERN has been supporting businesses and authorities from all parts of the public sector in their foreign-language dealings. Amongst these are many diverse bodies, authorities, and charities working in the field of public law: regional authorities on the state, national, municipal and regional levels; national and federal government authorities; regional, town and district offices; worker bodies like chambers of industry, commerce and crafts; educational institutions such as universities and technical colleges; and finally collective bodies, including higher municipal or regional collectives and public broadcasting corporations. 

Using systematic quality management, KERN ensures compliance with the restrictions imposed by authorities, therefore guaranteeing that the particularities of each field are taken into account and that the content is consistent – even when on a tight schedule. The range of texts that KERN has already successfully translated encompasses business correspondence, press releases, annual reports, legal texts such as contracts, writs and further documents from the field of public services, including invitations to tender.

Specialisation in the public sector

Certificates and official documents

  • Wills and powers of attorney
  • Property handover certificates and rental agreements
  • Birth and marriage certificates, certificates of no impediment, passports and other forms of identification document
  • Performance records, certificates, account statements and documents relating to citizenship or asylum

Legal area

  • Contracts and agreements
  • Business agreements, transcripts for meetings and negotiations, issue prospectuses and financial documents
  • Patent specifications and applications, documents involving technological development, and patent claims
  • Summonses, writs, court rulings, statements under oath, affidavits and attestations
  • Auditors' and expert reports
  • Insolvency records and documents
  • Extracts from the commercial register
  • By-laws

Government information

  • Websites for ministries and public authorities
  • Information brochures and forms
  • Public announcements
  • Press releases
  • Invitations to tender
  • Lectures and presentations

Finance and accounting

  • Balance sheets as well as profit and loss accounts
  • Annual, interim and business reports
  • Texts about financial controlling, calculation and accounting
  • Tax guidelines

Other services for the public sector

Specialist translators

In addition to a pool of highly qualified specialist translators with both linguistic training and many years' thorough practical experience of a variety of fields within authorities, unions in the field of public law and charities, we at KERN also make use of our privileged access to a network of seasoned academics from such disciplines as law and education. Where necessary, these academics are able to carry out technical proofreading of translations into their native language, checking the accuracy of the content, syntax and semantics within the translation.

Certified translations

KERN's certified translators create certified translations for presentation to authorities and courts. The global branch network of KERN guarantees that documents which are intended for authorities or public institutions outside of Germany are legally certified and, if necessary, re-certified, so that they meet the respective legal requirements of the target country. 

Interpreting

In the case of proceedings, telephone conversations and interviews between citizens and authorities, as well as inter-authority and international conferences with numerous government representatives, stylistic sensitivity is as necessary as linguistic and technical competence.

KERN's conference interpreters and certified court interpreters provide interpreting in two or more official languages for

  • legal proceedings
  • discussions prior to court hearings and during witness statements
  • police interviews
  • interrogations, hearings, judicial and extra-judicial mediations
  • meetings, symposia and international conferences