Translating for the legal industry is often complex, requiring a depth of knowledge of technical terms and their underlying meanings that far surpasses other fields. In the legal industry, perhaps more than in any other, professional translations are necessary to ensure understanding and avoid significant potential liability associated with inaccurate information or misleading translations.
To ensure consistent quality and standards, many global companies implement a code of conduct for every member of their supply chain to follow. This also ensures consistency through the imposition and compliance of ethical standards. When all supply chain members are guided by the same principles, they can act in a manner consistent with the business’ core values.
Marketing to non-English-speaking or English as a Second Language (ESL) clientele opens up the possibilities for a much wider and diverse client base. However, not understanding the tactics needed to reach this market successfully can lead to disappointment. There are an estimated 37 million Spanish-speaking people in the U.S. alone, with another 10 million that speak one of the other top 8 non-English languages. There are benefits to understanding how to reach and communicate with this largely untapped market.
No one wants to be wrongly accused and found guilty of a crime they didn't commit. Those who are guilty, and trying to repent, should have the chance to explain themselves in court. The ability to comprehend everything in the courtroom is what makes all the difference in a fair trial, after all.
Let's take a look at some court cases gone wrong as a result of mis-interpretation.
Businesses should ask whether they should retain a professional translation service. For instance, courts have previously ruled that employers who have not provided translated documents (such as employee handbooks) that describe central rights or particular employment policies have not given their employees meaningful access to this information. By not having such information in place, these employers face the risk of increased liability when an employee claims not to have been aware of a policy that was designed to protect them. Also, it is important that legal documents are translated by a professional, as mistranslations can become a legal liability.
Some legal terms just don't exist in some countries, and that presents special challenges when legal documents need to be translated. Translating legalese word for word is virtually impossible for conveying the intent of a legal instrument. A depth of knowledge and understanding about the legal systems, cultures and languages of different countries is called for, in order to produce a translation that has the same legal effect in each place.
Lawyers and judges have their own language and though the purpose is clarity, the results aren't always clear to outsiders. But a lot is at stake with that legal lexicon; court challenges can hinge on the interpretation of a few words, even without the additional burden of translating from one language to another. Translating legal documents presents unique challenges and responsibilities for the translator.
Translation and practicing law are both very different vocations, but when it comes to the amount of flexibility that lawyers and translators have in the words they use, there is very little. The word of the law is the word of the law – whether it’s in a statute, a contract, a patent, a confidentiality agreement or a witness statement; the law must be accurate in every language. Ensuring that legal terms are correct in the language they are being translated into is always vital, but sometimes challenging to achieve.
With the inherent complexity of the English language consider the difficulties in expressing English legal terms into other languages through translation. There are cultural inconsistencies in legal translation that often come up. English terms at times do not have offer direct translation in some languages. For example, the Greek language offers no equivalent term for "fiduciary." Should someone in your organization suggest machine translation as a viable solution for legal translation, tell them to reconsider.
It is critical that companies choose the appropriate language service when opting to translate a product or service or your website for different countries and regions. Dynamic Language offers translation, localization and transcreation services. No particular service type is "better" than another. Rather, each is appropriate for varying circumstances.
Let’s take a quick look at when is the most appropriate time to utilize each written language service type.
Figuring out how to serve process in a foreign country takes a little know-how.
Serving process means delivering legal notice to someone which requires that person to appear in court. When you sue someone, you need to notify them legally that they are being sued and need to appear in court.
In the U.S., serving process is fairly simple - just find the person and deliver the summons. When serving process to someone outside the country, however, it gets much more complex. Different countries all have their own requirements for legal matters, and they must be followed in order to pursue legal action.