Now what is my function? The Roles of Legal Interpreters
The “role” of a legal interpreter is better defined by the “function” they play in the legal process. This workshop will address the various functions of the legal interpreter, how that is played out in the courtroom and when those roles, or functions, overlap creating conflicts. Additionally, it addresses the protocol of each function before, during and after the assignment.
Participants will be able to:
- Define the function of the Proceedings interpreter, Table Interpreter, Investigative Interpreter and Witness Interpreter
- Explain the protocol for each of the functions in a courtroom
- List the ways in which each overlap and when they create a conflict
Dawn Duran is an RID NIC Advanced, RID (SC:L), Utah State Court Approved, and Utah State Professional Certified Interpreter. She earned her B.S. in Human
Development, focusing on Language Development from Brigham Young University. There she met Deaf friends and fell in love with the community and language! She has been interpreting since Jan. 1990 and has interpreted in almost every setting she can think of but specializes in interpreting for legal situations as well as for victims of abuse. She currently works full-time as the Chief Marketing Officer for ASL Communications, and absolutely loves it! She is also a member of the RID Professional Development Committee (PDC).