California is struggling to cope with the hundreds of different languages spoken by both criminals, and their victims.
Superior Court Judge Manuel Covarrubias says there aren’t enough translators who speak the often-obscure languages that come through his courtroom. He says some people, like a deaf mute who didn’t know American Sign Language, need a relay team of multiple interpreters.
“So we have the intermediary who was a deaf mute, the sign language interpreter, and then we also had a Spanish-language interpreter. That was probably the most challenging one I’ve ever done.”
Courts in some counties will try providing interpreters by video feed in a pilot program starting this month.
The California court system handles an estimated 8 million cases a year, and 44% of residents speak a language other than English at home.
Judge Covarrubias was a guest on McIntyre in the Morning.
By Sandy Wells