Southern California Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

SCRID is an affiliate chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). It is the mission of Southern California Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf to provide local forums and an organizational structure for the continued growth and development of the professions of interpretation and transliteration of American Sign Language and English.

Stepping Into Criminal Court: The Path to Clarity

  • 08/12/2016
  • 9:00 AM
  • 08/13/2016
  • 5:00 PM
  • California State University, Northridge Room ED 1129


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Stepping Into Criminal Court:

The Path to Clarity



August 12-13, 2016 (Fri-Sat); 9 AM TO 5:00 PM

CSUN, Room  ED 1129;  1.4 CEU’S, PS.

This 2 day course is designed to prepare a seasoned community interpreter for introductory court assignments under mentorship. The goal of this course is to prepare strong community interpreters for work in the legal realm, and to prepare for certification as a legal interpreter, as that standard becomes defined in light of the RID moratorium.  Court interpreters are often brought in at various stages of a case, but rarely follow one case through the entire process. Because of this, many interpreters who do some legal work, as only one part of their free lance practice, rarely see how a case progresses from start to finish.  This workshop will provide a thorough overview of HOW a criminal case moves through the judicial process, from the arrest to the final acquittal or conviction and possible probation or parole, so an interpreter, with a fuller understanding of the process, can make full interpretations into the high context language that is ASL.

Of equal importance, and of equal time devoted in this workshop, is an understanding of one’s rights in the judicial system.  This will be examined with a common waiver of rights for felony pleas, known as the Tahl waiver in California Courts.  Rights, either invoked or waived, make little or no sense out of context.  This workshop will focus on the meaning of these rights, how to set them in a context which will make sense to a Deaf monolingual ASL consumer, and then how to interpret the waiving of these rights so that the consumer can understand the scope and impact of a formal waiver of rights. 

Click here for flyer:  Stepping Into Crim Court- Flyer and Reg (2).pdf



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