Associated Courses

    Interpreters on the Witness Stand




    In a 2016 Maryland Court of Special Appeals case, issues of interpreter competence, training and certification were front and center before the court in reviewing a criminal conviction. The deaf criminal defendant was permitted to testify at trial about his allegations of “misinterpretations” and “miscommunications” of his sign language communications by the courtroom interpreters. The trial court did not allow the defendant to call his interpreters as witnesses and cross examine them. The defendant was convicted and then appealed to the Court of Special Appeals.

    The appeals court reversed the conviction and ordered a new trial, deciding that the defendant “was denied his constitutional right to confront and cross-examine the interpreter during the State’s case.”

    Presenter: Bruce Adelson, Esq.

    Approved for 1 CCHI and 0.1 RID CE point.

    Cost: $45.