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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8 September 2023
Pilbara man wins appeal against conviction after magistrate denied him... more
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11 February 2020
The British Medical Journal asks whether patients can use family members as non-professional interpreters... more
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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... more
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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... more
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22 Nov 2016
ANU: Critical case analysis of adverse events associated with failure to use interpreters for non-English speaking... more
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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 burden... more
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9 Aug 2016
Lost in translation: Chinese tourist mistaken for asylum seeker in Germany (ABC... more
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15 Jun 2016
In the case of Biggs v George NSWCA 113, Ms Sandra George, a Macedonian-speaker with a poor grasp of English, underwent an... more
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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... more
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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... more
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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... more
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16 Jun 2015
In the case of Police v Pithang SASC 88 (11 June 2015) an accused man walked free after police prosecutors failed to find an... more
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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... more
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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... more

Submission form

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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