Friday, August 11, 2006

Interpreting in Federal Courts

In the last fiscal year, federal court proceedings required interpreters in a total of 111 languages, according to a press release (July 31, 2006) from the Administrative Office for the U.S. Courts.

Spanish is by far the most prevalent language, accounting for 94% of the quarter-million proceedings. (I rounded a little: it was 227,461 events.)

Since 1994, some interpretation for short proceedings (such as pretrial hearings) is handled over the phone, through the Telephone Interpreting Program (TIP). Seven courts provide the service to 80 locations.

Thanks to beSpacific.

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