Court/Legal interpreting

Debra Russell
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Interpreters, whether they are spoken language interpreters or signed language interpreters, work in a range of environments including legal settings, and events that involve legal discourse. The legal right to have an interpreter in the courtroom and/or in legal matters has been well established through several legislative bodies, as early as the 1966 United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The rights of litigants to access interpretation in order to protect individual rights have been well documented, for example, the European Union places an obligation on countries to provide interpreters for legal matters, and there is a great deal of lobbying across many continents to make interpreter provision a right, and not a matter of discretion (Gibbons & Grabau 1996; Hertog 2010; Laster & Taylor 1994; Mikkelson 2000; Phelan 2011).

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Essential Reading

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