An attorney asks me to comment on the translation of (a word, phrase) in a transcript used as evidence in a trial. How should I handle that situation?

Interpreters are neutral parties and are bound by the Code of Ethics to maintain impartiality at all times; therefore they must not comment on the content or quality of someone else’s work product. The only exception to this rule occurs when there is a disagreement between parties and the presiding judicial officer wants the official interpreters to render a professional opinion. In that case, the presiding officer may request that the interpreter be qualified as an expert witness in order to give an opinion on a point of interpretation.

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