ASL Interpreting for
Legal & Courtroom
Legal & Courtroom Interpreting Services
When seeking legal services, it’s important to find a sign language interpreter who is experienced with the legal system. ASL legal interpreters are familiar with the legal terminology and courtroom procedures. They provide real-time interpretation of what is being said in a conversation or court proceeding. This ensures the deaf individual can follow along with the proceedings, ask questions, and understand the overall conversation. The interpreter aims for clear and accurate communication, while also making sure their clients’ rights are being protected. Without these interpreters, those who are deaf or hard of hearing would be at a disadvantage.
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ASL legal interpreting is not exclusively limited to court proceedings. Our interpreters provide invaluable support communication access in other legal settings as well. These include attorney/client conferences, depositions, questioning with law enforcement, witness interviews, real estate settlements, court-ordered treatment and education programs, and administrative or legislative hearings.
At AIDeaf, we take legal interpreting seriously. We understand that failed communication can have significant consequences for the people involved. We are committed to providing the highest quality service possible. Our goal is for your legal proceedings to run smoothly and we have the expertise to handle various areas of legal interpreting. Below are some examples of the settings in which we provide interpretation.
ASL Interpreting for the Courts:
- Criminal Cases
- Civil Cases
For General Legal:
- Attorney-Client Meetings
- On-Location Services
Deaf individuals have a legal right to take part in legal proceedings with the assistance of a qualified interpreter. A qualified legal interpreter will need a specific skill set to ensure that the deaf person’s right to be present and participate is not compromised in any way.
For example, when interpreting for the police, the interpreter is governed by a different set of legal rules than when interpreting privileged attorney-client conferences. At all times, the interpreter is governed by ethical standards established by RID. These require accurate interpreting and maintenance of confidentiality, regardless of setting. Prior to engaging in interpreting, the legal interpreter will explain to all participants these guidelines as they apply to the assignment. We have a team of qualified and nationally certified interpreters to meet your specific legal interpreting needs.