Risks of Not Using Qualified Translators
and Interpreters

Danger Ahead! There are inherent risks in not using qualified translators and interpreters. The below examples illustrate what can go wrong.

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23 Apr 2019

Jen McMillan, writing in the  Law Society Journal, explains the dangers for bilingual lawyers when they seek to act as interpreters and/or translators…

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12 Apr 2017

An Aboriginal man with cognitive impairment has walked free from jail after almost five years behind bars, with WA’s highest court overturning his…

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22 Nov 2016

ANU: Critical case analysis of adverse events associated with failure to use interpreters for non-English speaking patients.

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29 Aug 2016

In the case of State v. Casarez-Hernandez, 280 Or App 312 (2016) (De Muniz, S.J.), the court concludes that the state failed to meet its

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9 Aug 2016

Lost in translation: Chinese tourist mistaken for asylum seeker in Germany (ABC News)…

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15 Jun 2016

In the case of Biggs v George [2016] NSWCA 113, Ms Sandra George, a Macedonian-speaker with a poor grasp of English, underwent an operation…

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28 Nov 2015

Migrant advocates are calling for specialised training of interpreters for family violence victims as cases emerge of those who fail to remain…

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5 Nov 2015

Western Australian police officers have often failed to comply with the Criminal Investigation Act 2006 (CI Act) and their own Police Manual…

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27 Sep 2015

Woman calling for inquest into son’s death fears man who confessed to murder without interpreter present is innocent…

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16 Jun 2015

In the case of Police v Pithang [2015] SASC 88 (11 June 2015) an accused man walked free after police prosecutors failed to find an

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30 May 2015

The suspect was denied basic legal rights such as the use of an interpreter, and thus his admissions to police were not voluntary.

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 April 2010

Sara Bird’s case study in the Australian Family Physician Vol. 39, no. 4, April 2010 outlines the potential legal implications…

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