What you'll learn

This webinar will take a brief look at some of the issues that tend to worry interpreters working in the legal domain; what if I make a mistake, what if I don’t understand the deaf person, what if …?

We will discuss some of the language and translation issues that commonly arise in these settings and look at a variety of coping strategies to ensure we are providing a ‘safe’ and effective service for all those concerned.

There will also be a discussion of ethical dilemmas raised by the live audience including the following:

  • How do you “offload” so you don’t take problems away with you?
  • In a police station would you interpret for the police and the solicitor as that seems to be what is expected but is dangerous because it give you a fund of knowledge?
  • The Deaf world is a small one and interpreters do tend to know a lot of people. Is it seen as any kind of conflict of interest if you know the witness(es) or defendants?

Structured CPD Points: 2

Learning Outcomes

The following learning outcomes are addressed in this webinar:

  1. An understanding of our role in legal settings
  2. An enhanced appreciation of the implications of our errors
  3. Strategies to minimise the consequences of our errors

Subtitles are provided

NB There is some time delay between video and audio so we recommend using the subtitles.


  • This qualifies for 2 structured points

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What users are saying about this training

"Extremely informative and lots of examples given." - Sally, Interpreter

"A very practical evening - many thanks Byron and Wendy" - Kathy, Interpreter

"Thank You Byron I really enjoyed this" - Brenda, Interpreter

"Very comprehensive overview of the field of legal interpreting with plenty of tips, addressing concerns and coping strategies." - Anon, Interpreter

"It answered all questions that came to mind without me having to ask them. I liked how the information was presented and the content of information shared. It was very well suited to the topic of the webinar and I felt I learned what was necessary." - Anon, Interpreter

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