English translation: Prosecutor/Barrister (Solicitor)
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18:06 Oct 6, 2004
Spanish to English translations [Non-PRO] Law/Patents - Law (general) / indictment
Spanish term or phrase:Procurador v Abogado
I know that both of these terms are in the glossary but how do you distinguish between the two here, at the top of a decree (auto) from the Juzgado de Instruccion:
Procurador/a: SIN PROFESIONAL ASIGNADO
Is the Procurador the prosecutor here and the abogado the defending solicitor? Presumably it is saying that the prosecutor has yet to be assigned?
Explanation: I know this question is closed but I would like to add the comment that in this context (probably Spain) I don't think that "procurador" means either "lawyer/attorney" or "prosecutor". As the section to be translated showed, there was a "procurador" who had not yet been designated, a lawyer (abogado) whose name had been xxx out, and the party being represented by the abogado and procurador (el representado). In most legal proceedings in Spain it is mandatory that a party be represented by both an abogado (lawyer/attorney) and a "procurador", a law graduate who has passed an exam to become a procurador and whose job it is to represent his client at the court (not in court) and serve as a liason with the lawyer, filing papers, checking up on the status of the case, etc. There is much confusion surrounding this term because in some jurisdictions (Mexico) procurador does mean prosecutor (i.e., "fiscal" in Spain). This distinction is underscored in Thomas West's Spanish-English Dictionary of Law and Business (p. 188) in which he includes both definitions. The real problem is trying to find a good translation of "procurador" in this context. I used "mandatory representative in court" but would appreciate any additional suggestions.
Rebecca Jowers Spain Local time: 03:38 Specializes in field Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 2086
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