State in Need of Marshallese Court Interpreter

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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, Ark. (KNWA) — The last Marshallese court interpreter in the state has left her job, leaving courts in Benton County without the extra help.

According to Benton County Circuit Judge Doug Schrantz, interpreters for various languages except spanish are in great need across the state.

With more than 12,000 Marshalleese living in Northwest Arkansas, courts now have to depend on out-of state phone or video interpreters, which can be much more difficult.

“Juvenile cases as well as criminal cases require an explanation of rights, there’s a very important process for determining if the person understands the proceedings, because ultimately liberty may be taken away from from a defendant or respond in juvenile court or defendant in criminal court,” Judge Schrantz said.

Judge Schrantz says it’s a great service and it also pays well.

The Arkansas Administrative Office of Courts Interpreter Services is holding a court interpreter orientation on Friday and Saturday at the Shiloh Museum in Springdale.

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