American Judges Association


Date of this Version

October 2001


Published in Court Review: The Journal of the American Judges Association, 38:3 (2001), pp. 24-31. Copyright © 2001 National Center for State Courts. Used by permission. Online at


This article analyzes the legal field’s apparent lack of interest in interpreter-related problems as a major barrier to ensuring equal access to the courts for Spanish speakers. It also seeks to dispel certain myths or misinformation about the function of interpreters by delving into a particular infamous case that involved the misuse of interpreters: the O.J. Simpson case.

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