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New Hampshire sees increasing interpreters in its courtrooms

The New Hampshire state government expects to spend $450,000 on interpreters alone this year to help foreign language speaking accused persons participate in court proceedings. It has already appointed 1995 interpreters in the first 5 months of this year compared to 2105 for the whole of last year. Mr. Don Goodnow, the director of Administrative Office of the Courts feels providing interpretation facility is a matter of access to justice and a matter of federal directive.

The NH court interpreters have translated complex legal documents and judgments into over 40 languages like the Hungarian, Swahili, Dinka, Haitian Creole, Maay-Maay, American Sign language etc. over the last 4 years, even though Spanish is predominant among them. The state uses the services of Language Bank, part of the Lutheran Social Services for getting interpreters. According to defense attorney Richard Samdperil, interpretation considerably slows down the court proceedings and can change the dynamics of a trial. For more information on the topic please visit

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