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PD opportunity: the interpreter as an expert witness

On behalf of our friends at AUSIT NSW, we’d like to invite all accredited and revalidating practitioners to attend this upcoming PD workshop.

This seminar will consider the role of interpreters within legal proceedings, with a particular focus on situations where an interpreter may be asked to give expert opinion evidence, beyond their role as an interpreter for a witness or defendant.

This might include being asked to comment on the interpretation of cultural or linguistic matters, or even to identify and compare voices on surveillance tapes. This seminar will outline the key evidentiary and procedural frameworks that are relevant to consider when an interpreter is being asked to offer opinion evidence.

It will raise some of the legal limits and ethical challenges that can arise when interpreters are asked to give evidence as experts, including the reporting requirements contained in the NSW Expert Code of Conduct.

Meet the presenter

Mehera San Roque is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales. She lectures in Evidence, and has published nationally and internationally on the role and regulation of expert opinion evidence in criminal trials. With Professor Sandra Hale and others, she is one of the Chief Investigators on an ARC funded project examining the participation of deaf citizens on juries.

Key Details

  • Date: Tuesday, 14 March 2017
  • Time: 6 - 8 pm
  • Venue: Lecture theatre 109, Civil Engineering Building, UNSW Kensington Campus
  • Cost: AUSIT/ASLIA member $40, Non-member $60, AUSIT student member $20, Non-member student $30

Click here for more details or to register.