Translating Justice

If you are a fan of Law & Order or even just seen some crime movies, you have heard these famous words uttered by the law enforcement officials.

“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney present during questioning. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you. Do you understand these rights?”

Being warned of your rights and possible waiver thereof is a positive, but would that do you any good if you did not understand the English language very well?

The Vera Institute of Justice understood this problem, and undertook the task of translating common legal terms into Spanish and Chinese and compiled them into a glossary to serve as a resource for interpreters, translators, and bilingual staff at justice and public safety agencies, courts, and nonprofit organizations.

The Spanish glossary can be found here, and the Chinese glossary can be found here.

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