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Overburdened Court Interpreters Get Help

From World Journal
March 20, 2002

The Jade Council, a support group for Asian Americans who work for courts in New York State was established last night.

It is the first group of its kind for Asian Americans in New York State courts, following the establishment of similar groups for Hispanic, African, Irish and Jewish Americans. Its members will call attention to issues surrounding the growing demand for Chinese-language translation services and advocate for promotion opportunities for Asian American employees in the court system.

The council was initiated by Ling Teh-li, who co-founded the Asian American Bar Association of New York and is currently a judge at the New York State Civil Court. She noted that there are more than 100 potential members for the council in the New York State court system, including criminal, civil and family courts, and the positions they hold range from judges, research assistants to court interpreters.

Ling stressed that translation services are in great demand in New York State courts because of the rapid growth in the Chinese population in recent years. She added that often time she has to postpone trials because there is no translator.

Lu Chung-ming, who has served as an interpreter at the civil court for three years, said he has to deal with five to six cases on an average daily basis. In some cases, the defendant may speak Mandarin but the plaintiff speaks Cantonese. In addition to translating between Mandarin and Cantonese, he has to translate the testimonials into English and that can be a time-consuming task.

Within the current New York State court system, Lu is the only Chinese interpreter in the civil court. There are two Chinese interpreters in the Manhattan Criminal Court, one in the Brooklyn Criminal Court, and two in Queens.

In the Court of Appeals, there is one interpreter in Manhattan and Queens respectively. Both of them have tremendous workloads and are constantly overworked.

Translated from Chinese by Larry Tung.


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