The Court Interpreter will
• Hand you a set of headphones, so you can listen directly to the rendition in your own language. An interpreter may also stand or sit close to you and whisper the rendition directly to you without using equipment.
• Help you communicate with your lawyer, court personnel, and the judge during a court or court related proceedings.
• Attempt to communicate precisely what each speaker is saying.
• Interpret everything that is said, without adding, omitting, or changing anything.
The Court Interpreter Will Not
• Give you legal or any other advice.
• Answer questions about the law or the legal process.
• Explain what words mean or what is happening in court.
• Talk to you about your case.
• Have private conversations with you or your family.
• File your court forms. (Petitions, motions, etc)
Remember: Court interpreters cannot help you fill out or file your court forms or answer legal questions.