WKU Public Radio News Staff
Mon December 6, 2010
Court Interpreters are in Demand in Kentucky Courtrooms
By Dan Modlin
Bowling Green, KY – Officials with the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts say there is a growing need for interpreters in the state's courtrooms. Interpretive services can be made available to those who don't speak English, and to those who don't understand the language well enough to fully comprehend the workings of the court.
In addition, services are available to those with hearing loss.
Ervin Dimeny of the Administrative Office of the Courts says the integrity of the judicial process depends upon all parties having a basic understanding of the proceedings. Warren Circuit Judge Steve Wilson stresses that the language challenge is a tough one, but he concludes that its an issue that has to be faced.
Dimeny says the demand is greatest for interpreters of Spanish, but interpreters of many other languages and dialects have been needed in recent months.