Course Description

In this webinar, we will examine fast speech interpreted simultaneously in court settings. We will discuss the characteristics of the discourse used in several proceedings, such as opening statements and jury instructions. We will try our hand at interpreting at speeds over 180 words per minute and explore strategies and techniques to avoid having to interrupt speakers engaged in critical arguments before the Court.

**Please note this self-paced course is not currently approved for New Mexico CEUs.


James Plunkett

James Plunkett is a nationally-known interpreter instructor. He also trains new judges and court staff on how to work with court interpreters. He is certified by the AOUSC as a Spanish and English court interpreter. He is a rater for a national credentialing program for interpreters. He has worked as a court interpreter for the 13th Judicial Circuit in Florida and as the Coordinator of Interpreting Services and Language Access Program for the District of Columbia Courts. He speaks and trains at state court interpreter programs nationwide and through online teaching platforms. He holds a BA degree in General Social Studies from Providence College.  He was raised in Lima, Peru. He also communicates in Portuguese, some French and basic American Sign Language.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the webinar!

    • Webinar Description

  • 2

    Webinar Replay

    • Interpreting for Fast Speakers in Court Webinar and Resources

    • Thanks for watching!