Federal Judiciary Careers: Court Interpreter


The following program was produced by the United States Courts. “The phrase, “Justice for all,” takes a special meaning
in the work that we do. Rebecca Caldaro. Manager of Interpreter Services.” “Daniel Nevoa, Court Interpreter.” “I’m Paula Gold,
I’m a Staff Interpreter in the District Court.” “I’m Theresa Salazar,
Staff Interpreter.” “I am responsible for providing interpreting services
for our courts, for all languages. The highest demand in our district is Spanish.”
“The other languages that we hire most frequently are the Chinese dialects—Mandarin, Cantonese, and Fuzhou— Russian, and Arabic.” “Since I am only one person, and we have many matters going on at the same time, I also have to contract other
interpreters and supervise them.” “We can have upwards to 200-250 events a month. Probation interviews, translation of documents,
assisting the public over the phone, and the bulk of the call work.” “The interpreter is there to be the voice of the judge, the voice of the prosecutor, the defense attorney,
and the voice and ears of the non-English speaker.” “Basically we proceed as it is in our Constitution. The right of the defendant to understand the proceedings.” “You have people coming here who are being
accused of crimes, and how can you defend yourself against a crime
if you don’t understand what’s going on.” “Our job is essential so that foreign witnesses and defendants can understand the
process so that we can break through the cultural barrier and facilitate
the proceedings so that they can follow what’s going on.” “The Federal Courts has a program
of certification for three languages only. For the other languages, it’s a little bit more
challenging, more difficult. We try to look for someone that would be
classified as professionally qualified.” “There are some techniques that are essential that
you must acquire.” Simultaneous interpretation skills, basic, and consecutive interpretation skills are very, very important
as well.” “It’s very important to understand the culture of the person that you’re interpreting for because things that
may seem offensive in our culture, are not.” “You’re dealing not only with one language, but you’re dealing
with different levels of education in that language. The speakers vary in education, they vary in regional accent.” “I don’t know of any Federal Court interpreter that does
not love his or her job.” “Being part of this proceeding that is so important
for the parties is just a wonderful feeling.” “The double benefit of not only being something that I
enjoy doing, but it also offers a social benefit.” “It’s very rewarding to see the light of understanding
in people who are in a very frightening situation, most of the
time.” “For me, this is much more than a job. I’m a formally trained interpreter, so it’s
something I’ve invested time, effort, and money in, to be the best I can be in this field. Coming to the Court has allowed me to build
on that.” “The training never ends because language is always changing, and the law is always changing.” “I’m very happy about what I do. I feel very honored to be able to provide service to so many people.” “I find it’s an organization that allows me to be the best I can be.” “If you have a curiosity and a yearning to learn for the rest of your life,
this is a wonderful career.”

6 Responses

  1. ileana gold says:

    Que guapa!!!!

  2. Dave PlugMan says:

    thank you very much, i'm going for my certification next month and i'm very excited.

  3. JOSEPH DEHESA says:

    I want to become a court interpreter. I have interpreted in Cuba for 15 years, but only for Church. Where can I get my test in Ohio, as I have all documentation already? I have studying for months now. Thanks!!!!!

  4. TheWildgirl2 says:

    love this video, they truly show how happy they are in their everyday job!!!!

  5. Be ta says:

    I like to know if you are hiring Albanian interpretor?

  6. Irfan, Ali says:

    Very useful as motivation for the potential young people joining to the prestigious job for giving the justice.

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