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Court interpreter training planned for Wausau

Wausau, Wisconsin - July 16, 2008

The Director of State Courts Office is accepting applications for interpreter training to be held in Wausau on Aug. 9-10 at UW-Marathon County. While Spanish is the primary language requested by the courts, increased efforts are being made to recruit qualified interpreters for many other languages, in particular Hmong, American Sign Language, Arabic, Somali, Bantu, Vietnamese and Mandarin.

The sessions are for individuals interested in learning the fundamentals of court interpreting and are designed to give participants an overview of the needs and expectations of the court with emphasis on ethical conduct, legal terminology, court procedure, and basic legal interpreting skills. Small group practice exercises will help to develop interpreter skills.

This orientation is intended as an introduction to the complexities of court interpreting, rather than as an in-depth training. Faculty includes judges, attorneys, and experienced court interpreters. A $160 fee covers the sessions, lunches, and materials. Each session will run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on two consecutive days. UW-Marathon County is located at 518 South 7th Avenue in Wausau.

Applications are encouraged from individuals who are currently interpreting in court proceedings or administrative hearings regularly. The court system also seeks applications from working interpreters in other fields who want to broaden their experience to include legal settings and to bilingual individuals who wish to learn more about the court interpreting profession. Participants who attend the orientation, begin the testing process, and meet other requirements will be placed on a roster of interpreters used by courts, law enforcement agencies, lawyers, and law-related agencies.

This training is part of the Director of State Courts Office Interpreter Program, which aims to improve interpretation and translation in the courts. For more information on these training sessions, and to register, visit the court system Web site at http://wicourts.gov/services/interpreter/training.htm. For more information contact Carmel Capati, Office of Court Operations at carmel.capati@wicourts.gov or (608) 266-8635.

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