Tag: Interpreters


| by Heather Duncan, Esq.

During a deposition it is important that all parties understand each other and communicate well. If a witness does not speak fluent English it may be necessary to have a professional interpreter present at the deposition. 

When an interpreter will be used at a deposition, it is a good idea to keep the following ground rules in mind:  

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Lost in Translation

| by Heather Duncan, Esq.

It is important for California attorneys to understand the role the interpreter should play in judicial proceedings, including depositions, involving a party who does not speak English.

California judicial proceedings, must be conducted, preserved and published in English [see CCP 185(a)]. Therefore, the court interpreter is tasked with translating oral proceedings from a foreign language into English. It is not the role of a court interpreter to translate from English into any foreign language.

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