When Justice Stands Still: Here’s Why Court Interpreters Are So Important

When judges, lawyers, and defendants can’t communicate with each other, the judiciary system quickly grinds to a dead halt. Unfortunately, it happens all too often. That’s because many courts lack the court interpreters that they need to keep the wheels of justice turning. In a country with both non-English speakers and limited English speakers, court interpreters play a critical role.

With efficient interpreter scheduling, the court runs smoothly and defendants get fair treatment. Everyone wins.

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How Interpreters Can Help with Multilingual Voting

As the U.S. moves steadily towards the next election, interpreters are helping to make voting easier for people who speak languages other than English. Although the Voting Rights Act was passed decades ago, in 1965, states have been slow to put systems in place for fulfilling its goal of giving everyone the ability to vote. Recently, that has begun to change. Interpreters are being called on to help with a variety of tasks related to multilingual voting.

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Can Alexa Really Take Over Interpreting for the Deaf?

Yep. It happened. Somebody made an app for deaf people who use American Sign Language (ASL) to interact with Amazon Alexa. While all the bugs haven’t been worked out yet, the app promises a world where the deaf will no longer be excluded from technologies based on non-text input. Since most people can enjoy the benefits of voice-assisted technology, it’s a step in the right direction.

The question for people who do real-time interpretation for a living is: How soon will computers take over the industry? The answer is that such a future hasn’t arrived yet, and it isn’t likely to come tomorrow. Still, wise language service providers need to be ready to explain the advantages of human interpretation in situations where every word counts.

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Finding the Right Approach to Interpreter Scheduling Challenges

How is your interpreter scheduling system working for you? If you find that your organization is plagued by missed appointments, communication overload, or general scheduling confusion, you’re not alone. Scheduling is a tough task for any organization or busy individual. The good news is that with the right approach, you can accomplish all your interpreter scheduling tasks efficiently and effectively.

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Arizona Will Soon Require Court Interpreters To Know Law.

Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 10.26.21 AM.pngForeign language interpreters are now being subject to further their education beyond the boundaries of language interpretation. Arizona will soon require court interpreters to know the law, and this makes perfect sense. Having a clear and concise knowledge of the industry in which you are interpreting for is paramount for a successful scheduled courtroom interpretation.

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Technology plays a great role in courtroom interpretation!

Screen Shot 2017-03-02 at 12.33.15 PM.pngTechnology plays a vital role in today’s courtrooms. This is especially relevant in Utica where there are more than 50 languages spoken. Having such a diverse language span, sometimes language service providers are unable to provide a simultaneous interpreter in person. So this means the courts have to turn to technology, which is a good thing, however, the platform they are using is off the mark completely.

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5 Multilingual Celebrities That Might Surprise You!

Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 1.28.51 PM.pngBeing in the language access industry we often only think of the importance of providing limited English speakers, deaf and hard of hearing patients with with access to healthcare, legal and government services through the use of interpreters.
Once we take some time to look beyond the day to day necessities of language access it becomes apparent how diverse a society we live in.

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The EU is going straight to the source!

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The EU Court of Justice operates a substantial language access process. With over 600 lawyer-linguists staffed internally and managed by Directorate-General, the courts still outsource one-third of its translation and interpretation work to freelance translators and interpreters. So as of December 16th, 2016, the courts issued an invitation to bid for a new framework contract worth about €6 million. However, language service providers (LSPs) need not apply!

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