Interpreters get away with murder.

So I'm at a depo today. The interpreter says to counsel, "Please say you have an afternoon matter."
Counsel says, "Do you have another matter to go to?"

Interpreter says yes. Attorney ways, well, then I guess we'll have to end early for you. Then during the whole, the interpreter keeps looking at her watch.

If a court reporter did any of the above behavior, we would literally get killed. I swear.

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Comment by Melinda Miller on November 23, 2009 at 16:16
So true!
Comment by Kelli Combs (admin) on November 17, 2009 at 21:06
I cannot believe an interpreter answered a call in the middle of a depo. That is over the top. Can't say I have ever seen that. I have seen one take off their shoes and get pretty comfortable.
Comment by Katiana Ball on November 17, 2009 at 16:37
LOL @ Kyung. Actually, both my parents are interpreters, and they told me, "Interpreters have it easy, court reporters have it hard." They meant that in more ways than one.

I guess the attorney sees that he MUST have an interpreter there, or else he cannot communicate with the witness (who cares about the record, right?). =[

Comment by Suzanne Stotz on November 17, 2009 at 7:24
Also I've seen interpreters actually answer their cell phones during the deposition when they see that the phone call is from an agency for an upcoming job.
Comment by Kyung on November 17, 2009 at 6:34
As Mary Ann says, they (lawyers) do look at reporters as someone there at their beck & call. The question is why? It kinda sucks.
Comment by Mary Vazquez on November 17, 2009 at 5:48
Very interesting. Interpreters do seem to get a free pass. I have experienced some brilliant interpreters and some that I'd gladly murder in the parking lot if given the chance. I love how they get to drink, eat and visit the restroom without the roll of the eyes or my favorite, after this line of quetioning. 45 minutes later, you're hoping there's not a puddle beneath you.

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