US high court: Interpreter is not a translator | us high court on interpreter vs translator |

THE U.S. Supreme Court says compensation of interpreters does not include costs for document translation.

In a 6-3 ruling, the High Court ordered the judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit vacated regarding Kouichi Taniguchi versus Kan Pacific Saipan Ltd., which is doing business as Mariana Resort and Spa.
The high court heard the arguments on Feb. 21, 2012, and decided on May 21, 2012.

Justice Samuel A. Alito, who wrote the majority opinion, was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts, Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Elena Kagan.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg filed the dissenting opinion that was joined by Justices Stephen G. Breyer, and Sonia Sotomayor.

The Ninth Circuit earlier affirmed the U.S. District Court for the NMI’s grant of summary judgment and awarded costs to Kan Pacific, including the translation of documents from Japanese to English.

Via Charles Tiayon