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The Role of the Court Interpreter

Professional court interpreters are individuals who possess an educated, native-like mastery of both English and a second language. They have general knowledge in a wide range of fields and perform the three main types of court interpreting: sight translation, consecutive interpreting, and simultaneous interpreting.

A Court Interpreter’s sole responsibility is to bridge the communication barriers so as to provide limited English proficient court users with equal access to justice.

While performing his or her duties, the court interpreter:
  • Will  need to hear you speak in your native language, and may ask you questions such as where you are from or if you have ever used an interpreter before.
  • Will  assist you in communicating with persons in the courtroom, including your lawyer, court staff and the judge.
  • Will  interpret everything you say into English.
  • Will  interpret everything said in court into your native language.
  • Will  interpret everything that is said, without adding, omitting, or changing anything.
  • Is  bound by the rules of confidentiality and will not repeat to anyone what you say privately to your lawyer.
  • Cannot  give you legal advice.
  • Cannot  talk to you about your case.
  • Cannot  explain what certain words or terms mean.
  • Cannot  answer questions about what will happen in court.
  • Cannot  have private conversations with you, your family or friends.
Los Angeles County has the largest population of any county in the nation, exceeded by only eight states. More than 1 million of the 10.4 million residents live in unincorporated areas. The other 9.3 million live in 88 cities, located throughout a 4,084-square-mile area. With more than 140 cultures and as many as 224 languages, Los Angeles County is one of the most diverse areas in the world. It is estimated that 56.8% of the county population speaks a language other than English at home.
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