Interpreters: Insights on Ethical Issues in Community Based Interpreting

By Terry Chesher, a Fellow and foundation member of AUSIT. In her presentation, Terry gives a brief report on an international survey conducted by the FIT committee on Community Based Interpreting in 1998 and 1999. The interpreters’ perspective was sought through an internationally distributed questionnaire, in which practitioners voiced their opinions on the particular characteristics and requirements of their work. Survey data highlighted the importance of ethics in defining the interpreters’ role and in providing the guiding principles for their practice. The way ethical principles are interpreted and applied in practice is the subject of ongoing debate in the profession. Over 90 survey respondents from 7 countries (many from Australia) illuminate ethical considerations in interpreting in the community. Interpreters need to attempt to reconcile the tensions between formal definitions of ethical principles and interpreting in practice in community settings.

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for court interpreters to report incidents or issues that occur in court interpreting assignments.

Purpose and function of this information submission form.

This form enables you to report issues or problems that you encounter in the course of court interpreting assignments. These issues and problems will be collected by AUSIT to report to the JCCD (the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity) to monitor the implementation of the Recommended National Standards. The reporting of these issues and problems enables AUSIT to work with the JCCD to suggest steps to address these issues and to avoid the repetition of these problems in the future.

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