Criminal hearings and trials are often suspended until a later date once they discover their witness or defendant needs an interpreter.
For Broward County in Florida, they struggle to keep trials on schedule due to the lack of interpreters. Actually, travel distance and schedule issues seem to be at the forefront of their problem. They have decided to resolve the issue by using remote interpreters.
These interpreters can be on-call, available on short notice and most beneficially- they can be anywhere in the world, at any time. All they need is a computer with internet access and a headset. Each courtroom would also have a computer and speakers to enable them to hear the interpreter.
This is still a test pilot program, but they are optimistic about the new program. This will prevent them from turning people away from lack of resources.
Dynamic Language offers ASL Video Remote Interpreting. To find out more, visit our interpreting services info page!