Legal Interpreting Posts


AB 2325 & The Future of Medical Interpreting

Posted: April, 2014 in Legal Interpreting, Uncategorized

medical interpreting

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

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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

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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

immigration june 2013

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

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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

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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

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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

uscis medical exam

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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Court Interpreter Shortage in Guam

Posted: January, 2013 in In Court, Legal Interpreting

Court interpreters are in high demand in Guam.

Court hearings are being considerably delayed — generally for five months — due to a shortage of court interpreters.

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Professional Medical Interpreters More Accurate, Study Says

Posted: November, 2012 in Legal Interpreting

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According to a study by the Annals of Emergency Medicine released earlier this year, professional medical interpreters make significantly fewer mistakes than amateurs.

The peer-reviewed scientific journal found that the error rate among interpreters with less training was significantly higher than among those who were professional interpreters with more training.

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