Role-plays

Legal interpreting role play 1

This role play consists of a segment of the interrogation of Florian Muller, an Italian man living in Vigo, who is pressing charges against Alexander Dresdner and Carina Rath for threatening him and breaking into his house.

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Terminology: juicio de faltas, comparecer, denunciante, acusado, desestimación, petición de prescripción, letrada, interrogatorio, interponer una denuncia, amenazas, denuncia, condenado, testigos, lack of evidence lesiones.

Legal interpreting role play 2

Manuela Rivera was the victim of theft by assault and is testifying in court while the two defendants stand trial. She recalls what happened the night the event took place.

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Terminology: for the record, sworn declaration, testify, courtroom, prosecution, claimant.

Legal interpreting role play 3

This is the testimony of the security guard of a recording studio where a murder has been committed, who states that he saw two men enter the establishment. The murder happened at 2:30 p.m. and the witness saw the defendant enter the building at 2:00 p.m.

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Terminology: fiscalía, estrado, testigo, día de autos, demostrar, sala, dock, constar en acta, acusado, declaración.

Legal interpreting role play 4

John Brown is accused of vandalism for damaging three cars and a garage door. The trial takes place in a United Kingdom court room, where the judge will determine whether he is guilty or not guilty, and consequently, will impose the corresponding punishment. The help of an interpreter is needed so that the witness, a Spanish woman, can understand the process.

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Terminoloxía: without lawful excuse, plead, conviction, your worship, sentencing, offence, reoffend, submission, mitigating factor, case, criminal damage, community sentence, compensation, sentence.

Legal interpreting role play 5

Serkan Mermer, a Turkish citizen who has been residing in Spain for a year, has been accused of murdering a young Spanish girl named Katia Gonzalez Espineira. He maintains his innocence in spite of all of the incriminating evidence as he gives his statement.

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Terminology: acusado, prosecution, corroborar, domicilio, noche de autos, testigo, víctima, escena del crimen, cadáver, your honour, signos de violencia, heridas defensivas, antebrazos, violada, desangrado, corte profundo, yugular, puñaladas, policía científica, muestras de sangre, juzgado, asesinato, plead, pruebas, incriminar, registro de domicilio, arma del crimen.

Legal interpreting role play 6

Hernández -vs.- Texas. A Spanish woman living in Texas stands trial for the alleged murder of her husband.

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Terminology: Court of the Second Judicial Circuit, Criminal Division, Jury, solemnly swear or affirm, render a true verdict, fair sentence, defendant, Your Hounour, evidence, courtroom, testimony, witness, court record, trial, prosecution, the defence, opening statement, unlawfully, bodily harm, alibi, bailiff, heredar, testament, fleece, objection, sustained, cross-examine, objection overruled, call to the stand, wheareabouts, remorse, grief-stricken, the scene of the crime, numbness, believe with all your heart and soul, fingerprints, beyond all reasonable doubt, The Defence rests, final statement and recommendations, alleged, Gold-digger, stated, not guilty, case, to be charged, First-degree murder, abide, dismiss a case, innocent, presumption, guilty, disprove, reasonable doubt, proof, verdict, Jury Foreperson, Jury Verdict form, sentencing, to be adjourned.

Legal interpreting role play 8

Two people appear in court: David Anderson, a resident of Vigo who is accused of drug trafficking and Ana Sârbu, a Romanian citizen who appears as a witness.

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Terminology: derecho a guardar silencio, derecho a no declarar contra sí mismo, negarse a contestar cualquier pregunta, prestación por desempleo, familia numerosa, breadwinner, venta ilegal y distribución de estupefacientes, orden de registro, domicilio, testigos oculares, declarar, testigo, caso, pruebas concluyentes, incriminar, coartada, confesar, pena, los hechos, sentencia, declararse, culpable, inocente, cargos, delito contra la salud pública, protección de testigos.

Legal interpreting role play 9

Sadeowla, a Nigerian illegal immigrant who works as a prostitute in Vigo, is accused of murder. A witness says that she was the last person who was with Antonio Rodríguez, a truck driver who was found dead with stab wounds the 15th February at 5.00 am in his truck in Berbés. The hearing of the murder trial takes place in the Audiencia Provincial of Pontevedra.

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Terminology: asesinato, comparecer, parte acusadora, ministerio fiscal, letrada, parte acusada, imputar, cargos, agravante, alevosía, reincidencia, desobediencia leve a la autoridad, acusación, pena, años de prisión, , your honour, declarar, interrogatorio, antecedentes penales, arrestada, redada, proxenetismo, pertenencia a una banda de crimen organizado, trata de personas, corroborar, noche de autos, testigo ocular, el lugar de los hechos, orden de registro domiciliario, parte policial de incidencias, parte médico, comisaría, incautar, pertenencias, prueba.

Legal interpreting role play 10

Mr. Smith meets with his lawyer to discuss his case, the reasons for his imprisonment, his sentence and to find out the decisions made by the judge.

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Terminology: abogado de oficio, revisión de caso, abogada, juez, condena, encarcelamiento, investigar, sospechas, informe positive, incentivos y privilegios, prisión, libertad condicional, personarse en el juzgado, probation sentence, cometer un delito, serve a sentence.

Legal interpreting role play 11

Last trial against John Brooks, who had a restraining order,  because of the murder of his wife Jessica Costell. The son of the defendant and the deceased appears in court as a witness.

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Terminology: diligencias del sumario, fiscal, delito de malos tratos, código penal, meses de prisión, delito de asesinato consumado, cargo, quebrantamiento de medida cautelar, privación, tenencia y porte de armas, responsabilidad civil, acusar, declarar, con la venia, juzgado, declaración, guardia civil, confesar, hechos, arma sin licencia, llamar al estrado, testigo, día de autos, lugar de los hechos, fallecida, orden de alejamiento, denunciar, tenencia ilícita de armas, cartuchos, pena, inhabilitación, parte de lesiones, se levanta la sesión.

Legal interpreting role play 12

Statement by Emily Harrison, accused of the murder of her husband and victim of abuse. The defendant and the deceased came Birmingham, England, and moved to Spain with their son for work reasons.

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Terminology: con la venia, apellido de casada, denunciar, malos tratos, demostrar, testigo, medical report, proof, causante, acusada, crimen, forense, apuñalamiento por arma blanca, escena del crimen, huellas.

Legal interpreting role play 13

Kenyi Cohen, a young South African, was the victim of racist discrimination by a group of security guards on a train when he was on his way to work. This is his statement in the trial held for this cause in which Cohen appears as a victim.

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Terminology: procedimiento penal, juzgado, delito por discriminación, víctima, declarar, señoría, fiscala, con la venia, hechos, hora punta, guardia, collector, threaten denuncia, episodio violento, a rastras, en contra de su voluntad, agredir físicamente, andén, witness, prueba, acusación, lugar de los hechos, maquinista, detenido, comisaría, abogado de la defensa.

Legal interpreting role play 14

Melissa Foster, an exchange student of Chemistry from the US, has been accused of allegedly murdering her partner Terry Fawles with poison. During the oral trial of the ordinary procedure, the judge is taking a statement from the defendant about the context of the crime and her alleged involvement in it.

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Terminology: acusar, declarar, culpable, inocente, tribunal, fallecimiento, testigos, discusión acalorada, víctima, informe de autopsia, ingesta de cianuro de potasio, investigación policial, huellas dactilares, lugar de los hechos, poisoned, foam, emergencias, cuerpo, ministerio fiscal.

Legal interpreting role play 15

Stephen Jones, a British citizen, stands trial for committing a crime during his holidays in Spain. The victim, Susan Smith, affirms that he stole from her bank account an amount of money while both were drunk.

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Terminology: juicio, comparecer, parte acusadora, parte acusada, letrada, interrogatorio, acusación, con la venia, señoría, hechos, testigo, coartada, denuncia por robo, presunto delito, estupefaciente, comparecer, jurar, fiscalía, denunciar, versión de los hechos, house-warming party, fiscal.

Legal interpreting role play 16:

Dylan Brown is an American citizen residing in Spain for a year. He stands accused of sexually abusing of an underage girl aged 14. The following situation takes place in the Juzgado de lo Penal in Ourense, during the hearing of the case, when the defendant is making his statement before the judge.

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Terminology: abuso, acusado, antecedentes, cargos, certificado de antecedentes penales, cometer un delito, con la venia, declarar, delito, delito de abusos sexuales a menores, delito de acoso, estrés postraumático, fiscalía, gabinete psiquiátrico, hechos, indicio, informe forense, interrogar, laboratorio de criminalística, penar un delito, prueba, restos biológicos, retrato robot, Señoría, sumario, testigo, violación.

Legal interpreting role play 17:

The following fragment consists of an extract of Mr. Johari’s Mulaudzi hearing. Mr. Johari is a Lebanese citizen who has been granted refugee status in Spain 8 months ago. He stands accused of assault and armed robbery by intimidation to Mrs. Encarnación Gutiérrez, a neighbour of his who lives in the block next-door.

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Terminology: Corroborar, testigo, coartada, fiscal, acusado, interponer una denuncia, denuncia, día de autos, asaltar, declarar, asaltante, retrato robot, acusación, sospechoso, detener, prueba.