Court Interpreter Exam

One of the most frequently asked questions from individuals preparing for the oral component of the Consortium Court Interpreter Exam is “Which course will help me pass the test?” The answer to that question is that there is no one course that will guarantee success. Formal training coupled with independent study, and a true understanding of legalese are a must. I offer two audio presentations for your test preparation.

  1. A Comparison of Civil and Criminal Law
  2. Arraignment to Sentencing

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  • A Comparison of Civil and Criminal Law
  • Arraignment to Sentencing

A Comparison of Civil and Criminal Law is designed to teach interpreters the fundamental differences between these two branches of the law.  This guide is clear and concise.  All concepts are presented in a contrasting fashion emphasizing key points and vocabulary. For example:

  • Statutory Law versus Common Law
  • The role of the plaintiff versus the prosecution
  • Torts and breach of contract versus crimes
  • The pay-off versus incarceration
  • Constitutional rights in civil versus criminal law
  • Alternative dispute resolution versus pre-trial conferences
  • The financial settlement versus the plea bargain
  • Preponderance of the evidence versus beyond a reasonable doubt
  • Jury dynamics in civil versus criminal law

Arraignment to Sentencing illustrates the process a defendant is subjected to in the Criminal Justice System. This is a very thorough review for certified court interpreters, and an excellent study guide for those who are preparing for the oral component of the court, consortium or federal court interpreter exam.  Detailed explanations of the functions and psychological dynamics of the Grand Jury, the preliminary hearing, the pre-trial conference, and the trial stages are presented. The following simultaneous interpretation exercises taken from actual cases are provided:

  • Advisement of rights
  • Medley of matters handled at Arraignment Courts
  • Plea and sentencing
  • Police report
  • Defendant held to answer
  • Change of plea