Language, law meet in court

Interpreters worry about fairest sentence of their own

Posted: December 11, 2017 at 2:18 a.m.

Laura Gordon, a Spanish interpreter, waits for her clients to arrive Thursday at the Courthouse Annex in Bentonville. The court provides ASL and Spanish interpreters.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County Circuit Judge Tom Smith remembers occasionally seeing interpreters in court when he started working as a lawyer in Benton County in 1995. Now he uses translators in his courtroom at least three times a week.

Julie Lowe (right), ASL interpreter, signs for a client Thursday at the Courthouse Annex in Bentonville.

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