Court interpreting requires not only extensive vocabulary in both source and target languages, but a basic knowledge of the particular subject matter itself. The more the interpreter is proficient in the subject matter, especially in technical matters, the more the interpreter’s effectiveness is enhanced. Simply translating terms, without understanding what they are talking about is working under a handicap.
Firearms Identification, Ammunition and Forensic Ballistics, is a field in which very few interpreters have much expertise. Aside from a woeful lack of knowledge in this area, many interpreters have erroneous ideas which cause them to make mistakes on the job. When these errors occur in the examination of a witness, the defense or prosecution is quick to seize upon the mistake to their advantage. If these errors are made while interpreting for the defendant, this misinformation can impair the defendant’s ability to participate with his attorney in his own defense and due process is compromised.
This webinar will bridge this knowledge gap through visual aids, video examples, handouts and live demonstrations of guns, ammunition and forensic procedures.