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Responding to Subpoenas: An Interpreter’s Growing Concern

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by Whitney Gissell Professional interpreters have long been skilled at navigating difficult ethical dilemmas. When facing these ethical dilemmas a swift, yet well thought-out decision must be made and is guided by the code of ethics. For example, in a true dilemma when one tenet of the code is in conflict with another, the interpreter must decide which tenet to sacrifice and which to uphold.  However, what is an interpreter to do when the code of ethics is in conflict with the law? It has been a growing trend that interpreters are being subpoenaed to testify about something they may…

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