This post will answer some frequently asked questions about court interpreters.
Why are there interpreters in court?
The purpose of using an interpreter is to help the court communicate. The interpreter’s role is to interpret what others say so that everyone understands everything that is said. The judgment of jurors will not be affected by a person’s need for an interpreter.
Are interpreters biased?
No, ideally an interpreter is completely neutral. He or she is not working for either party in a case. He or she must interpret truthfully and accurately.
Whose statements are evidence, the speaker's or the interpreter's?
If a juror understands the language of the witness, he or she must disregard completely what the witness says in that language. The evidence is the testimony as interpreted by the interpreters. Even if the juror thinks the interpreter has made a mistake, he or she must rely on the interpreter’s English translation.
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