Deaf people all have a legal right to an interpreter. Going to court isn’t something anyone takes lightly, and it is so important that when a Deaf individual enters the legal system, they can communicate effectively with the people involved in the case.
Providing Limited English Proficient (LEP) and/or Deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals with interpreters who possess the knowledge, skills and ability to provide a meaningful and effective interpretation is essential to upholding these individual’s rights (Crown Prosecution Service, 2002; Eulita, Improving Police & Legal Interpreting, 2012; Fair Trials, Roadmap, 2015)
About the interpreters
Interpreting in a courtroom can be very stressful for a BSL Interpreter, the stakes can be very high. Court interpreters must be registered and require a specific skill set and knowledge to ensure that every bit of information is relayed efficiently, effectively and quietly. Miscommunications can have a devastating effect on those involved so it is important to ensure a functional interpretation that meets the needs of the Deaf people involved. As a result, an interpreter in a court will have to prioritise accuracy of the interpretation over the speed of their interpretation
Clarion UK is a sole provider of sign language and communication services to The Ministry of Justice in magistrates, county and crown courts. We also work with Victim Support, the Crown Prosecution Service and a number of police authorities and solicitors around the UK. We will make sure that every deaf client going through a court process is able to have equality of access to proceedings; before during and after a trial, receiving legal aid or as a private client.