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The role of the interpreter as an expert witness
Interpreting Workshop
22 July 2017


Dear Firstname

This advanced workshop will focus on the role of the interpreter as an expert witness in legal proceedings.  It will allow participants to discuss situations where an interpreter may be asked to give expert opinion evidence, beyond their role as an interpreter for a witness or defendant, including cases where an interpreter may be called on the identify or compare voices on surveillance tapes. The workshop will outline the evidentiary and procedural frameworks governing expert opinion evidence in criminal, civil and administrative decision making, with a particular focus on the legal and ethical obligations of interpreters as expert witnesses, including those established by the NSW Expert Code of Conduct.

The aim of the workshop is to provide participants with opportunities to discuss their own experiences as ‘case studies’ and offer strategies to assist participants to respond to situations where, as interpreters, they may be being asked to give evidence on matters that may fall outside of their expertise. 

Participants are encouraged to prepare and bring examples which will be analysed as "case studies".


Mehera San Roque is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales. She lectures in Evidence, and has published nationally and internationally on the role and regulation of expert opinion evidence in criminal trials. With Professor Sandra Hale and others, she is one of the Chief Investigators on an ARC funded project examining the participation of deaf citizens on juries.

Georgia Lewer is a barrister at Forbes Chambers, having been called to the Bar in 2014. She practises in all types of criminal and appellate work, and appears in commissions of inquiry and inquests and in other civil and administrative law. Prior to coming to the Bar, she worked as a solicitor for the NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office, Legal Aid NSW and Aboriginal Legal Services, including the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency in the Northern Territory. She was also the tipstaff to the Hon Justice D Kirby. She also works as a sessional lecturer at the University of NSW.

ASLIA Members and Non-Member Students must contact our office on 1800 284 181 to obtain a discount code.

PD Logbook

PD Level: Advanced
PD Points: 20
PD Logbook Section: 3.1


22 July 2017
10:00 - 13:00


Classroom 203
The Law Building F8
UNSW Australia
Union Rd, Sydney NSW 2052


$45 AUSIT / ASLIA members
$90 non-members
$25 AUSIT student members
$45 non-member students (half-day, 3-4 hours)



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