Court interpreters translate into high cost for Lubbock County

Summarized by Hannah F. Mann, staff writer

The county of Lubbock, Texas, is struggling to reconcile a lack of certified interpreters with increased demand, especially in the courtroom. In addition to their initial training courses, interpreters also must undergo court-specific training. Moreover, ASL interpreters are typically hired in teams so that the interpreters can take turns translating, and trials involving deaf people tend to run longer due to necessary breaks in which the interpreter translates what has been said or signed. In many cases, interpreters have to be flown in from larger cities when a local one cannot be procured. All these factors and more contribute to the increasing costs of court interpreting.

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