From the Classroom to the Courtroom

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  • Author(s): Elena M. de Jongh 1
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    Affiliations: 1: Florida International University/United States Court Certified Interpreter
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Date March 2012
  • Number of Pages: 237
  • e-Book ISBN: 9789027282200
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/ata.xvii


From the Classroom to the Courtroom: A guide to interpreting in the U.S. justice system offers a wealth of information that will assist aspiring court interpreters in providing linguistic minorities with access to fair and expeditious judicial proceedings. The guide will familiarize prospective court interpreters and students interested in court interpreting with the nature, purpose and language of pretrial, trial and post-trial proceedings. Documents, dialogues and monologues illustrate judicial procedures; the description of court hearings with transcripts creates a realistic model of the stages involved in live court proceedings.
The innovative organization of this guide mirrors the progression of criminal cases through the courts and provides readers with an accessible, easy-to-follow format. It explains and illustrates court procedure as well as provides interpreting exercises based on authentic materials from each successive stage. This novel organization of materials around the stages of the judicial process also facilitates quick reference without the need to review the entire volume — an additional advantage that makes this guide the ideal interpreters’ reference manual.

Supplementary instructional aids include recordings in English and Spanish and a glossary of selected legal terms in context. These additional files can be found here.

Subjects: Translation studies; Forensic linguistics


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