Legal Interpreting Posts


The Growing Need for Police Interpreters

Posted: December 17, 2014 in Legal Interpreting, Legal Topics

While linguistic diversity is an integral part of the US, it can make legal matters, especially interactions with police officers, more difficult.

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Under Qualified Court Interpreters in the News

Posted: July, 2014 in Legal Interpreting, Legal Translation

The issue of unqualified court interpreters is one that has been making international headlines quite a bit within the past few years. Recently, a case in New York has again highlighted the need for skilled court interpreters — especially in less common languages.

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AB 2325 & The Future of Medical Interpreting

Posted: April, 2014 in Legal Interpreting, Uncategorized

A new bill in California could change the landscape of medical interpreting and translation services in that state.

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The Pistorius Trial and the Issue of Qualified Court Interpreters

Posted: March, 2014 in In Court, Legal Interpreting

The famous South Africa Pistorius case has become controversial for another reason: the issues with the court interpreters.

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Problems with Police Officers as Legal Interpreters

Posted: March, 2014 in Legal Interpreting

Legal interpreters are integral to the justice system in the US.

The country’s ever-growing diversity is resulting in more legal issues between police officers and LEP defendants and suspects.

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Top Immigration Headlines:
June 2013

Posted: July, 2013 in Immigration, Legal Interpreting, News

US immigration reform made important strides in June 2013. The bipartisan “Gang of Eight” immigration bill passed in the Senate, and the Supreme Court declared the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional.

See what else made June’s top immigration headlines.

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June 2013 Here

Canadian Court Interpreter Botches Swahili

Posted: May, 2013 in Legal Interpreting

Court interpreters play an essential role in ensuring procedural fairness in many kinds of legal disputes.

In July 2011, a woman’s testimony at her Canadian refugee hearing was botched by a Swahili interpreter. Using a reliable court interpreter would have saved time and money for all involved.

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The Shortcomings of Sight Translation

Posted: April, 2013 in Legal Interpreting, Legal Translation

Sight translation is an option for professionals who need the meaning of a written document to be verbally conveyed on short notice.

However, this is not ideal.

Courtrooms demand accurately translated legal documents. Sight translation is no substitute.

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When Are Police Required to Use Sign Language Interpreters?

Posted: April, 2013 in Laws, Legal Interpreting

Sign language interpreters are needed at almost every step of law enforcement.

Most people already understand the necessity of interpreting for legal proceedings, but sign language interpreters are also required at earlier stages, such as arrests and interrogations.

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Know the Basics of the USCIS Medical Exam

Posted: March, 2013 in Adjusting Status, Immigration, Legal Interpreting, Legal Translation

A USCIS medical exam is necessary for most immigrants before being admitted into the US.

The purpose of the exam is to ensure you do not have a condition that could be dangerous to others, or diseases you might spread to other US residents.

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