The Interpreter in Court
Saturday 5 October 2019 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
This event is a practical, introductory seminar on what an interpreter needs to be aware of in the Court.
AUSIT is holding this court interpreting PD event in collaboration with the Supreme Court of Tasmania. It is a rare occasion that a legal-themed seminar be held in an actual courtroom. The presentation will be delivered by actual legal practitioners, including a Supreme Court Judge, providing interpreters with the insight from the legal practitioner's perspective.
Court interpreting is one of the most demanding settings due to its serious nature, especially for those who have less legal knowledge or fewer experiences in the Court. The interpreting tasks in the Court require higher qualities of performance, sharper awareness of Court etiquette, and stricter compliance to the Codes of Ethics. With proper guidance and sufficient experience, the interpreter can be free from the overwhelming stress, and, as a result, provide satisfactory service to the Judiciary. This seminar aims at providing basic guidance so that interpreters become more oriented when stepping into a courtroom.
PD Level - Basic : 20 points : Logbook Section 1.4
The Hon Justice Helen Wood
Justice Wood was appointed as Judge of the Supreme Court of Tasmania in 2009 to date. Preciously, she was the first woman appointed to the role of Magistrate in Tasmania in 1994, and served as a Magistrate until 2009. She was also the inaugural Chairperson of the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal of Tasmania from 1999 to 2009. She is presently a member of the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity (a sub-committee of the Council of Chief Justices of Australia & New Zealand), a national advisory body that was formed to assist Australian courts, judicial officers and administrators to positively respond to our diverse cultural and linguistic needs.
Jim Connolly is the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Tasmania, Hobart. He graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws in 1983. He was admitted as Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Tasmania, and later on worked in policy positions in Department of Justice. He was Administrator of the Magistrates Court of Tasmania from 1998 to 2012, and in 2012, he became the Registrar of the Supreme Court.
Sousan Gholami was born in Afghanistan and moved with her family to Iran as a child. She migrated to Australia in 2003 and spend most of her teenage years in Devonport. After a year at the Cradle Coast Campus of UTAS, Sousan relocated to Hobart in 2010 and completed her law degree. Sousan was the first former Afghan refugee to be admitted to practice of law in Tasmania in 2015. She has the ability to speak Persian (Farsi) and Dari. Sousan’s main areas of practice include Criminal and Immigration Law. During her legal career, Sousan has regularly appeared before the Magistrates Courts and occasionally in the Supreme Courts of Tasmania on a wide range of Criminal matters.
Registration Fees: AUSIT Members $10 : AUSIT Student Members $10 : Non-members $20
Public Transport Information
Various Metro services available to the following bus stops near the Supreme Court:
Stop 3, No.36 Davey Street (from northern suburbs) ; Macquarie Street Terminus (from southern suburbs) ; Conservatorium, Sandy Bay Road (from southern suburbs) ; Hobart City Terminus (from eastern suburbs)
Full-day parking available at: Trafalgar Car Park ; Centrepoint Cark Park ; Argyle Street Car Park
Special thanks to Amigos Translate for sponsoring this event. It is due to their sponsorship that affordable registration fees for interpreters in Tasmania could be allowed.