Conference: Multilingual Videoconferencing in Legal Proceedings, Antwerp, Belgium

Stitched PanoramaAn international symposium is to be held from 19-20 April 2013 in Antwerp, Belgium, entitled Multilingual Videoconferencing in Legal Proceedings.

The symposium is being organised by the EU project AVIDICUS 2 (Assessment of Video-Mediated Interpreting in the Criminal Justice System, led by the Centre for Translation Studies, University of Surrey, 2011-13), and will provide an update on current practice and research.

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The ten worst things a judge can do to a court interpreter

guest bookI just couldn’t resist inviting Tony Rosado onto the blog again (see below for more), with this fantastic post he has written about judges working with court interpreters. It’s also great advice for all those lawyers and judges reading who might not realize what they’re doing wrong! Tony blogs over at The Professional Interpreter in English and Spanish, and as well as being a qualified attorney, has been a freelance interpreter for almost 30 years. He runs Rosado Professional Solutions in Chicago.

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Reporting from Brussels – Translation Studies Days, part 4

In this fourth and final part of my report from Brussels on the Translation Studies Days held on 20 & 21 September 2012, I’d like to present four projects from members of the European Master’s in Translation (EMT) research network, and the European Comparable and Parallel Corpora research group project.

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Taniguchi case outcome – A good or a bad thing for justice?

Following on from my February post about the US Supreme Court case differentiating translation costs and interpretation costs, today we have a second thought-provoking guest post from Tony Rosado (see his earlier post here). In addition to discussing the outcome of the case, he also gives some very good advice on how to deal with its aftermath.

Tony has been a freelance conference interpreter for almost 30 years and is Federally, Colorado, and New Mexico certified. He also qualified as an attorney from the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City. You may also be interested in his English/Spanish blog. Tony runs Rosado Professional Solutions in Chicago.

“After watching many of our colleagues celebrating because the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed the definition of an interpreter in the Taniguchi case, and more importantly, after reviewing the briefs, oral arguments, full written decision, and the dissenting opinion by Justice Ginsburg, I wonder if this decision should be cause for joy or grounds for concern.

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Interpretation versus translation at the US Supreme Court

I think that most people reading this will agree that interpretation (or interpreting) is not the same as translation. However, outside the strict circle of the profession, the difference is not so well known.

Today we shall see how this distinction is causing a real furore!

The US Supreme Court is currently deliberating over whether costs of translation differ from costs of interpretation, in a case involving a Japanese man. Indeed the transcript of last Tuesday’s session goes into great detail. It’s 63 pages long (perhaps demonstrating the complexity of the issues involved), but well worth reading if the issue piques your interest.

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