Court Interpreters and Legal Translators play a crucial role in public administration, especially within the US legal system. Court interpreters in particular have gained standing as officers of the courts. People’s legal matters involving high-risk situations and personal freedoms are at stake. Thus, professional certified or otherwise qualified interpreters are needed to work in public and legal settings.
Our Certified Court Interpreters work with the court system to provide language access to the judicial system for those who do not speak English or do not speak English fluently. Court Interpreters interpret for witnesses, defendants, victims and their families as well as legal representatives and officers of the Court and staff. Our professional interpreters preserve the same tone and connotation as the speaker without adding, deleting or amending anything from the conversation, following a strict Code of Professional Conduct/Code of Ethics.
Court Interpreters work in the three modes of interpretation:
- Simultaneous interpretation. (i.e., during the entire court or legal proceeding for the LEP to be legally present) Because of its complexity, our interpreters work in pairs and utilize simultaneous interpreting equipment.
- Consecutive interpretation (i.e., witness stand testimony, depositions, etc.)
- Sight translation (i.e., document written in the source language and needs to be read aloud in English by the interpreter for the record during a court proceeding)
Court Interpretation at a Glance
Working in a legal setting requires advanced interpreting competency, including the ability to effectively perform consecutive and simultaneous interpreting, as well as sight translating complex texts that may come up during court proceedings. It is imperative to work effectively in interpreting teams, including particularly the ability to work collaboratively with Deaf Interpreters (DIs), and to adapt language use to a wide range of sign language users. Further, it requires court interpreters to own an in depth understanding of law enforcement and the legal system.