We provide a wide range of services
Under the ADA and other regulations, local and state courts are required to provide auxiliary aids to ensure effective communication with deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in civil, as well as criminal, proceedings.
How we can help you?
For the most reliable, consistent and competent national interpretation services available to those representing the Deaf community in legal situations, contact Legal Interpreting!
For this reason, we may ask a LOT of questions! We know that there are a myriad of linguistic options to meet your needs. We are interested in finding the perfect interpreter for you and your client.
Once a person being questioned is arrested (is a “prime” suspect) he/she is entitled to be informed of his/he legal rights, and in no case may the interrogation violate rules of due process. It is crucial during questioning to have clear and accurate communication between law enforcement and the witness. Our interpreters have the credentials, qualifications and experience to navigate linguistically as well as culturally to ensure accurate communication. Written by Maria Coronado
Did you know attorneys that KNOW the Deaf Community, also know the quality of the interpreter you hired. There is a reason we work with SC:L certification. The quality of the interpreter supports the quality of the deposition.
Accountability is rarely secured with one interpreter. The owner of Pula feels strongly about having two ASL interpreters in the room.
For example, how many attorneys are in the room? Why if there is a balance of Inquiry (as there should be), yet why in the process of interpreting the message, is there the desire to cut the accountability.
How many other individuals in the room know what the client is saying? When the client struggles, who bears the responsibility of the communication process?
Pula maintains the accountability of two interpreters.
Because there is an arrestee whose first language is not English, does not mean we throw “English” words at the arrestee and expect them to understand the important message before them.
Communication of their Rights is critical and should not be left to any interpreter that has not experienced several Miranda trainings. One training does not make an expert.
Be confident in Pula cares about each and every arrest. We work with the community as well as the Police Departments making sure all parties communications are understood allowing for the process to be effective.
Pula has validation on who has had the appropriate training, and if an interpreter does not have the training, Pula’s office can share where to find the appropriate training, so that no one is left without the opportunity for enhancing skills.
While we specialize in ASL interpreting and training, we have worked with other languages, providing translation and interpretation.
We have worked with legal interpreters in different courts since 1997 have as well provided trainings in Forensic Listening for a variety of interpreting conferences outside of the ASL profession.
Every language is unique, and the care we take to find the best ASL interpreter, is the same approach we use to find an interpreter for any situation.
How many officers have an in depth understanding of the Deaf Culture, or the Deaf Irianing culture? Or the Deaf Russian?
Pula with other Deaf Agencies have trained and shared information to the cadets during their 15 minute morning calls. We have options available for your officers.
What happens when you yell at someone and they don’t turn around. What happens to your emotions. Recognizing there maybe confusion as words are flying, but communication is not happening.
Let us help in developing awareness with your officers!
Our Interpreters that have been trained in Forensic Listening, have a different developed skill of listening.
The ASL client, or the indigenous language user has a communication process that has nothing to do with English. Community or novice interpreters do not automatically carry this skill. As we are processing the information before us, the Pula interpreters have learned to step outside of Explicit and employ the entire spectrum of listening criterias. (see Forensic Listening).
Mediation can be used to resolve disputes of any magnitude and is used as an alternative dispute resolution resolving disputes between two or more parties with solid effects. A neutral third party, mediator, helps parties discuss and try to resolve the dispute. Courts can require certain cases to go to mediation, but the process remains “voluntary” in which parties are not required to come to an agreement. Interpreters/translators follow a strict Code of Professional Conduct and remain neutral before, during and after the mediation process. Written by Maria Coronado
As interpreters, we are not to choose sides, however hearing the inept testimony on something he knew nothing about – expect for numbers.
My team and I are both convinced he was one of the main factors for the case failing.
There is nothing more critical than having an awareness of the CULTURAL issues. The Deaf community is not an anagram of numbers.
Pula Legal Interpreting has resources that will build your case, not destroy or mitigate all the hours you have worked to manage this case / trial.