Category Archives: Courtroom Interpreters – 6 Steps to Follow

COURTROOM INTERPRETERS – 6 PROCEDURAL STEPS TO FOLLOW (14-05)

STEP ONE: Know the Rules and Statutory Authority;

STEP TWO: Determine the Need For an Interpreter;

STEP THREE: An Interpreter Should be Qualified as an Expert and Administered an Oath. Rule of Evidence 604;

STEP FOUR – OPTIONAL: To Assure That All Participants Understand the Role of the Interpreter, the Court Should Consider Reading the Following Language at the Start of a Court or Jury Trial;

STEP 5: Interpreter Jury Instruction and Use of Two Interpreters;

STEP 6: Seven Judicial Tips on How to Maximize the Use and Effectiveness of a Courtroom Interpreter.

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OFFICIAL COURT REPORTERS – TEN BASIC RULES EVERY JUDGE SHOULD FOLLOW (13-12)

Other than a spouse or family member, there are few people judges spend more time with than their court reporters. The personal and professional relationship between a judge and their court reporter is extremely unique. In addition to being responsible for maintaining the official court record, court reporters are also privy to highly confidential and sensitive material. Court reporters are highly trained dedicated professionals and deserve to be treated as such. The following is a list of ten (10) personal and professional practices to help new judges develop a relationship with their court reporter that is based on mutual trust and respect.

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