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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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Medical Interpreter Accuracy

What exactly is accuracy when interpreting? This might seem like an obvious question, but it is more complicated than you realize.  Why do I say that? The challenge of identifying a competent interpreter For individuals that speak one language, trying to determine an interpreter’s accuracy is a great challenge. The best approach is to hire …

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Interpreters Must Adhere to Rules of Professional Conduct

In every profession, we have those on the cutting edge, as well as those who believe there is no school like the old school. As legal professionals hone their abilities, a monkey wrench is often hurled at them when the services of a certified court interpreter are required. For those who have never been trained, …

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Six Action Items You Can Do to Limit Due Process Rights Violations in Court Part II

Last month we discussed three action items to minimize violations against your client’s due process rights.  To close 2018, here are the remaining action items that empower you to solve the issue.   As soon as a court date is scheduled, notify the clerk’s office what kind of certified court interpreter is needed (for common …

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Six Action Items You Can Do to Limit Due Process Rights Violations in Court

South Carolina has become a larger melting pot since the 1990s.  Today in Spartanburg, there is a decent Russian language community.  In Laurens, there are many Guatemalans for whom Spanish is their second language.  South Carolina has pockets of Asian communities.  French and German speakers also abound.  Let us not forgot those who are hearing …

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AI versus Court Interpreter

I have been watching the debate on artificial intelligence. Many translators will attest that only highly skilled human beings with knowledge and training can understand the nuances of human interaction can properly translate. Artificial intelligence such as Google Translate and other programs are not capable of performing as a human being.   Granted, they are …

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Great Conference Interpreters Know How to Listen and Speak

A great conference interpreter knows how to attentively listen and speak. That seems like a very simple sentence, but it is much harder to achieve then you might think. Put someone from New Jersey, the Midwest, Compton, California, and Alpharetta, Georgia in the same room and watch them talk to each other. A few minutes …

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Would You Have Surgery if the Surgeon Didn’t Have a Nurse and Scalpel?

Recently, we posted a blog outlining the necessity of preparation as a key to an accomplished multilingual event.  There are many moving parts to a conference; the possibility of an item slipping through the cracks is real. Just imagine if the speaker spoke before 2,000 delegates without a microphone.  What a waste of time for …

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