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Deposition Interpreters Are
Critical When Deposing
a Non-English Speaking Witness

by Legal Translator & Court Interpreter
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As our world continues to become increasingly interconnected on a global scale, it is also increasingly more common for non-English speaking individuals to play key roles in legal disputes, both as parties or as third parties in possession of crucial information. Taking or defending the deposition of a non-English speaking witness, when done correctly, should create a clean and usable record of the witness’s testimony, which can be used in future proceedings, to aid settlement or mediation discussions, or, ultimately, as evidence at trial.
However, working with non-English speaking witnesses can create some unique challenges that may pose difficulties for attorneys who are not familiar with the use of a deposition interpreter in this setting. This article provides an overview of some of the basic considerations counsel should be prepared to address when using a translator during a deposition.

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