Conflicting views on court interpreting examined through surveys of legal professionals and court interpreters

Jieun Lee*

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    Abstract

    This survey-based study examined the views of 226 legal professionals and 36 interpreting practitioners in Australia with respect to the role of the court interpreter and the quality of interpreting and revealed a statistically significant gap between the perceptions of the two professional groups. Both groups, however, were ambivalent in relation to some practical aspects of court interpreting, such as cultural intervention and the reproduction of speech style. The findings indicate that legal professionals generally held a favourable view of the overall quality of court interpreting. Both groups supported specialist certification for court interpreters.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)35-56
    Number of pages22
    JournalInterpreting
    Volume11
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Keywords

    • Ambivalence
    • Court interpreters
    • Court interpreting
    • Cultural intervention
    • Legal professionals
    • Role

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