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Ohio Supreme Court Certifies More Interpreters

The Ohio Supreme Court today certified more language interpreters. The interpreters fill a growing need in Ohio's courts. Bruno Romero, Manager of Interpretive Services at the Ohio Supreme Court says interpreters work as freelancers. They're especially in demand in Ohio's municipal and common pleas courts. He says certification of the interpreters allows defendants, their attorneys, prosecutors, and judges to have confidence in legal proceedings. "And they have some guarantee that they are competent in both languages and have mastery of terminology and are familiar with the code of professional conduct." Says Romero. Most of the demand for interpreters comes from speakers of Spanish and American Sign Language. Romero says interpreters are called in nearly 25,000 Ohio court cases per year.