I am asked by one of the attorneys in a hearing (or trial) to provide a simultaneous interpretation of the conversations in an undercover recording. What is the protocol in the SDFL regarding such requests?

Inform the presiding judge that the preparation of transcripts is an intense, time-consuming task requiring special equipment. Recordings must be re-played and transcripts reviewed many times to guarantee accuracy. In general, we do not provide instant in-court interpretation of verbal recordings; however, in the event the presiding judicial officer insists, you should request a recess for as long as necessary and listen to the recording until you are satisfied you can render an accurate interpretation. When in doubt request permission from the court to contact the supervisory interpreter for guidance.

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