Deposition Interpreters

Deposition Interpreters in Asia

Litigation involving Asian witnesses can be a challenging experience. No doubt you will require the services of deposition interpreters, also known as legal interpreters, who are up to the task. We proudly offer:

  • Deposition Interpreters and Translators
  • Korean Interpreters in Seoul
  • Japanese Interpreters in Osaka
  • Mandarin and Cantonese interpreters in Taiwan and Hong Kong

There are many interpreters in Asia who are excellent for local meetings, document translation or acting as tour guides. But make no mistake, these are not deposition interpreters. Oftentimes hiring a local interpreter with little or no deposition experience at a lesser cost will actually cost more due to the deposition being prolonged for hours, constant disruptions and corrections from a check interpreter and less time for actual witness testimony. The use of even the best interpreter will approximately double the time it takes to conduct a non-interpreted deposition. So if you want to get the most out of your deposition in the shortest amount of time, ask the following questions of the interpreter you are considering hiring:

  • Are they familiar with the protocol for taking American depositions?
  • How much experience do they have specifically interpreting depositions involving the subject matter that your case is about, i.e., intellectual property, semiconductors, etc.
  • Have they interpreted in that specific city/country previously to the extent that they are familiar with nuances in local dialect?
  • What are their qualifications? (Many interpreters in Asia label themselves PRC certified, Taiwan certified, etc., though there is no such thing.)
  • Do they understand their role is as an officer of the court, and they have to be neutral and accurate without addition, embellishment or omission?
  • Do they understand they should interpret in the first-person? (If the witness says, “My name is John Smith,” the interpreter should say, “My name is John Smith,” not “He says his name is John Smith.”)
  • Have they worked with check interpreters before and understand their interpretation may be challenged and to conduct themselves in a professional manner without arguing and wasting the time of the attorney examining the witness?
  • Are they familiar with local customs, restaurants, hotels and support services to be able to assist you with such matters?
  • Are they the interpreter covering the deposition or are they an agency who will send a subcontracted interpreter that they barely know? (Ask to speak to the actual interpreter!)

There are only a small handful of outstanding deposition interpreters in Asia that we work with frequently, can vouch for personally and highly recommend. Their excellence and knowledge of IP terminology makes your depositions run smoothly and makes our job easier, enabling us to produce a superior transcript for you. Please contact us if you would like the contact information of the deposition interpreters we recommend in Asia.

Taking Depositions in Japan
  • "We have used the service that ARCR has pioneered in Japan during complex meetings for evidential and background fact-finding in major international arbitrations. The availability of daily transcripts proved invaluable."
    Robert Grondine, Partner
    White and Case
  • "I will recommend your services without reservation."
    Torsten Kracht, Esquire
    Akin Gump
  • "Before American Realtime came on the scene, my staff was consumed with sorting through the daunting procedures and protocols associated with taking depositions in the Asia-Pacific region."
    Peter M. Brody, Partner
    Ropes & Gray
  • "Their high-quality reporters allow us to provide excellent service and cost-savings to our clients."
    Philippe Riesen, Partner
    Hogan & Hartson
  • "We were impressed that you supplied your own configured realtime laptops for lawyers and interpreters."
    Torsten Kracht, Esquire
    Akin Gump
  • "You can look up the procedures on the U.S. Embassy's website and try to follow what is written there, but American Realtime helps you to navigate everything that is unwritten about deposition-taking in Japan."
    Joe Grinstein, Partner
    Susman Godfrey
  • "If you are even considering depositions in Asia this should be the first place you call."
    Benjamin McCracken, Esquire
    Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss
  • "I highly recommend this service for all types of meetings where a complete searchable electronic transcript will facilitate future reference and record keeping."
    Robert Grondine, Partner
    White and Case
  • "ARCR's seamless assistance based on their local experience with visas, conference rooms, hotels, interpreters, videographers and more eases that burden so that we can focus our attention on getting the testimony we need overseas."
    Peter M. Brody, Partner
    Ropes & Gray
  • "ARCR made taking depositions in Taiwan easy by helping us to assemble a very efficient and professional reporter-videographer-interpreter team."
    J.C. Rozendaal, Partner
    Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel
  • "ARCR is much more than a court reporting service."
    York Faulkner, Partner
    Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner
  • "We had the unfortunate experience of using someone other than Jodi Harmon and American Realtime for court reporting services in Seoul. The difference we experienced, in both professionalism and competence, was quite palpable. I would not have wished that episode on anyone—including opposing counsel."
    Jon Crocker, Esquire
    Roetzel & Andress
  • "Their clean realtime, fast rough drafts, and the laptops they provided, helped us conduct swift and efficient depositions, even though the depositions involved technical subject matter and were interpreted."
    Steven H. Reisberg, Partner
    Willkie, Farr & Gallagher
  • "Expedited transcripts and video were available quickly with no hassle."
    J.C. Rozendaal, Partner
    Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel
  • "You would be a crazy gaijin if you tried to take a deposition in Japan without American Realtime Court Reporters. It is a pleasure working with Jodi and her staff, and I wouldn't hesitate to do it again."
    Joe Grinstein, Partner
    Susman Godfrey
  • "The accuracy in your realtime reporting in a patent deposition littered with technical terms was outstanding!"
    Torsten Kracht, Esquire
    Akin Gump
  • "American Realtime's accuracy is exceptional, especially with technical terminology and issues related to native Japanese speakers—skills they no doubt acquired from being in the unique position of living and working in Japan."
    Ryan S. Goldstein, Partner
    Quinn Emanuel
  • "The fact that they bring several realtime laptops to depositions is just icing on the cake. I recommend them without hesitation."
    Peter M. Brody, Partner
    Ropes & Gray
  • "I highly recommend ARCR. They handled depos in Hong Kong for us with four different interpreters of six Japanese and Chinese witnesses over two weeks and they did and excellent job."
    John D. Vandenberg, Partner
    Klarquist Sparkman
  • "Thay are an invaluable resource to those who face the complicated and extensive procedures for taking depositions in Japan, providing much-appreciated guidance at each step along the way."
    York Faulkner, Partner
    Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner
  • "They consistently exceeded our expectations."
    Harold H. Davis, Jr., Esquire
    K&L Gates
  • "American Realtime provided us with excellent, personal service during depositions at two locations in Japan. I would recommend them without hesitation."
    Steven H. Reisberg, Partner
    Willkie, Farr & Gallagher
  • "I highly recommend ARCR in Japan. They provide excellent service, with a quick turn-around."
    Michael Heim, Managing Partner
    Heim, Payne & Chorush
  • "We rely heavily on American Realtime in Japan. The reporting is first-rate and they are very tech-savvy, accurate, and equally important, fast."
    Philippe Riesen, Partner
    Hogan & Hartson
  • "For our deposition needs, we will always call ARCR first, and if they are not available, we'll probably reschedule."
    Jon Crocker, Esquire
    Roetzel & Andress
  • "They did a great job on realtime transcription of technical terminology and provided us unusually clean rough transcripts."
    J.C. Rozendaal, Partner
    Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel
  • "For accuracy, reliability and professionalism, there is no better court reporting service in Asia than American Realtime."
    Harold H. Davis, Jr., Esquire
    K&L Gates
  • "American Realtime is an exceptional company that not only meets court reporting needs but also helps with the logisitics of taking depositions in Asia."
    Benjamin McCracken, Esquire
    Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss

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