Natalia Elo wrote:
Ali Yildirim wrote:
I will be doing my first court interpreting job next monday. I was wondering if anyone had done this before and would offer few tips?
I was doing court interpreting in Finland, so maybe my post is not so useful for you. In Finland it is allowed for public to be in the courtroom unless for some particular reason judge prohibits it. So I went there before my first assignment and followed the procedure.
You might also call to the secretary of the court (if there is any, again I'm talking about my experience) and ask for permission to be present during a trial with the same judge.
There should be a possibility to study all the materials related to the case in advance, so this makes it a little bit easier. On the other hand people tend to be nervous while in the courtroom and this of course makes it more difficult.
Here is a nice link. Lots of good stuff if you dig for it! http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/programs/courtinterpreters/infopack.htm
P.S. Don't forget to tell us how it went.