Legal Interpreting

It has been one crazy year!

Hello everybody! Welcome to my blog reboot. Hopefully, I have not lost too many followers. Let’s begin with a 2020 recap of our company. Next, 2021 intentions will be shared with you. First, I am very grateful because we survived! The beginning of 2020 was exciting, hopeful, and full of plans. I began attending Columbia …

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The Biggest Court Interpreting Problem in South Carolina Part 2

Previously in this blog, we discussed the biggest court interpreting problem in South Carolina. We also commented on the SC Court Interpreter Policy and Procedure Guide, which negatively addresses the problem. Although court interpreters were instructed that this is the new guideline, clerks of court seem to be told that they are proposed guidelines. Amid …

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Notice of discontinuation of transportation services

Earlier this month, Alfonso Interpreting & Transporting issued the following announcement. I want to thank you for trusting in Alfonso Interpreting for your interpretation and transport needs. Workers’ Compensation and liability insurance continue to increase for us, while lower cost services such as Uber and Lyft have continued to rise as competitors.  Due to the …

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Shiny New SC Court Interpreter Policy and Procedure

Between the Labor Day weekend and Hurricane Dorian’s threat to our coast, you may have missed the news.  The South Carolina Judicial Branch issued its first ever Court Interpreter Policy and Procedure Guide. Compared with other state court standard practice guides, it is less than 60 pages. Who needs to become familiar with this Guide?  …

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What If I Need an Interpreter at Jail?

Criminal lawyers obtain their clients by private retention and appointment by the judge.  Before trial or a plea, the attorney meets with potential witnesses, conducts attorney?client meetings, including phone calls and jail visits, and appears in court. What happens if the monolingual lawyer has a client who is deaf, hard of hearing, or limited English …

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There IS a Guideline for Scheduling Court Interpreters!

Some time ago, we published a blog, How do I schedule an interpreter because every SC county is different?  In it, we mentioned that the SC Judicial Branch didn’t seem to have a uniform standard system for scheduling interpreters.  Our bad.  The Palmetto State does have a standard.  Where is it? It’s in the South …

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5 Things to Know When Working with a legal Interpreter

Many problems with interpreters are a result of others in the court not fully understanding how interpreting is supposed to be done. Judges, clerks, officers of the court, and attorneys need to be educated on what to know when working with court interpreters. Proper training can help judges and attorneys recognize qualified professional interpreters doing …

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SC Judicial Department’s Need for a Uniform Standard in Scheduling Interpreters

In South Carolina courts, who is responsible for scheduling an interpreter? One would think that this could all be done through one central office that oversees the interpreter services in all South Carolina courts, right? Not so fast. Only Massachusetts has a central office that schedules interpreters for all state courts. Usually, a county clerk …

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The Biggest Court Interpreting Problem in SC

As mentioned in previous blogs, South Carolina has a shortage of certified court interpreters, especially in languages other than Spanish (LOTS). Even if approximately two dozen Spanish interpreters were enough, the fact is that they often prefer to turn down assignments. This means that the actual pool of available certified interpreters is a lot less …

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Certified Legal Translator?

In the United States, there is no such designation of Certified Legal Translator.  Translators deal with the written word; interpreters deal with the spoken word.  Below are the only designations in the US dealing with law and language: Federally Certified Court Interpreter:  must perform the three modes of court interpreting: sight translation and simultaneous and consecutive …

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