Jan 10 2005

Services All in the Interpretation

Published by at January 10, 2005 10:59 pm under Interpretation

Justice, just as crime, comes in all languages.

Without question, much of the work of Hampden Superior Court would come to a grinding halt without interpreters.

Take a recent Wednesday, when seven co-defendants in a cocaine trafficking case are standing in front of Judge Constance M. Sweeney with their lawyers, for a hearing on motions filed in the case.

All are listed on the court docket as “interpreter needed.” Three Spanish interpreters stand amidst the crowd, with each simultaneously interpreting for two or three defendants. Defendants look toward the interpreters to find out what is being said about this important point in their lives.

At the end of the process, Sweeney says to lawyers and defendants, “Thank you all very much. And thank you to the interpreters.”

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