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Legal interpreters in the news in Ireland

Phelan, Mary (2011) Legal interpreters in the news in Ireland. Translation & Interpreting, 3 (1). pp. 76-105.

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This article consists of a review of court reports from national and provincial newspapers in Ireland from 2003 to 1st August 2010. The reports provide an insight into the attitudes of judges, lawyers and police officers to defendants who are not proficient in English. The issue of defendants’ proficiency in English is a recurrent one. Coverage suggests that interpreters are not always provided in police stations or in the courts and that some judges continue to allow friends and family members to act as interpreters. Meanwhile, some solicitors consistently request interpreters for their clients. Other salient issues are cost, interpreter competency and interpreter ethics.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:competency; court; ethics; interpreter; police; proficiency
Subjects:Humanities > Translating and interpreting
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies
Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for Translation and Textual Studies (CTTS)
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ID Code:16480
Deposited On:05 Aug 2011 15:18 by Mary Phelan. Last Modified 04 Oct 2011 09:46

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