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Neb. officials to swear in 6 court interpreters

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Judicial officials are set to swear in six more interpreters to work in the state's courts.

Kelly Varguez and Karen Bahr, both of Omaha, Jose Herrero of Lincoln and Shelly Hodges of Sioux City, Iowa, all have passed a Spanish certification exam. Claudio Huang of Omaha has passed a Mandarin-Chinese exam.

They'll be joined by Janeth Murillo, a certified interpreter who recently moved to Omaha from Utah, at a swearing-in ceremony Dec. 30 at the state Capitol in Lincoln.

Officials have said qualified interpreters are needed to ensure all people in Nebraska are given equal access to the courts, as required by law.

The state has 22 other certified Spanish court interpreters and eight sign-language interpreters.

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