Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Legal and Court Interpreting

Legal, court, or judicial interpreting, occurs in courts of justice, administrative tribunals, and wherever a legal proceeding is held (i.e. a conference room for a deposition or the locale for taking a sworn statement). Legal interpreting can be the consecutive interpretation of witnesses' testimony for example, or the simultaneous interpretation of entire proceedings, by electronic means, for one person, or all of the people attending. 57 | P a g e Global Translation Institute (GTI)

The right to a competent interpreter for anyone who does not understand the language of the court (especially for the accused in a criminal trial) is usually considered a fundamental rule of justice. Therefore, this right is often guaranteed in national constitutions, declarations of rights, fundamental laws establishing the justice system or by precedents set by the highest courts. Depending upon the regulations and standards adhered to per state and venue, court interpreters usually work alone when interpreting consecutively, or as a team, when interpreting simultaneously. In addition to practical mastery of the source and target languages, thorough knowledge of law and legal and court procedures is required of court interpreters. They often are required to have formal authorization from the State to work in the Courts — and then are called certified court interpreters. In many jurisdictions, the interpretation is considered an essential part of the evidence. Incompetent interpretation, or simply failure to swear in the interpreter, can lead to a mistrial.

1 comment:

  1. Indeed! Thorough knowledge of legal matters and of the legal language is a prerequisite for legal interpreters who serve the the people in court. It is pivotal for a legal interpreter to be specialized in the field and be aware of the common mistakes that are usually made in court in order to avoid those. It is advisable to refer to an professional and renowned agency when it comes to hiring a professional translator/interpreter, as they can assure a professional as well as qualified court interpreter, who will fit your requirements as well as take care of the relevant logistics. Interpreting services provided by recognized translation services can secure a fluent, professional, accurate and error-free interpretation of the statements expressed before the law.