Court Interpreting Explained

If you’re about to embark upon legal proceedings that require the use of an interpreter, you’re likely to have some questions about how court interpreting works. Here you’ll find a general overview of interpretation during court proceedings – when an interpreter is called in, what the interpreter does, how the interpreter should be addressed. This will explain court interpreting so you’ll know what to expect.


What justifies the presence of an interpreter?

4 Tips for Working with a Court Interpreter

The courtroom is a high-stakes, high-pressure arena for defendants, lawyers, prosecutors… and interpreters! Indeed, court interpreting is an extremely challenging job. Lawyers on both sides of the aisle have an interest in extracting the best performance from the interpreter – to guarantee the carriage of justice, but also to ensure that their side is put at a disadvantaged. As a lawyer, there is a lot you can do to help interpreters in the courtroom to perform their duties to the best of their abilities.

The Who, What, Where and How of Hiring a Certified Interpreter

The very first thing you should know is WHO you need: a translator or an interpreter? A translator works with written text. An interpreter works with the spoken word. Some translators also provide interpreting services and vice versa, but this isn’t always the case. Therefore, it’s important to distinguish whether you need someone to translate a written text or to interpret a verbal speech.

The Art of Interpreting

If you are planning to purchase interpretation services, you’ll need to know what makes for an excellent interpreter. The act of interpreting is fairly straightforward: the speaker speaks, and the interpreter interprets. But underlying this simple act is a complex process that only professional interpreters can successfully manage. So what should you look for in an interpreter? Some of the skills required are rather obvious, while others are less so. Here are a few of the most important characteristics to help you get started in your search.

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