Training – Court interpreting, Birmingham, UK

courtinterpAston University, Birmingham, UK is running a one-day course on Friday 26 September 2014 targeted at interpreters who work in Magistrates Courts, Crown Courts and tribunals.

The course (the first in a series on legal interpreting) will be delivered by Dr Yvonne Fowler, an experienced trainer of legal interpreters for over 20 years. The sessions will be practical and based on the most up to date research. They have been specifically designed for both experienced and aspiring court interpreters rather than for academics or legal practitioners.

This interactive workshop will investigate the following questions and topics:

  • What are the considerable challenges of court interpreting and what are the skills required to perform it competently ?
  • The crucial differences between two-way (dyadic) and three-way (triadic) communication
  • Can an interpreter really be invisible ?
  • Lawyers’ questioning techniques and the challenges of interpreting questions in the 
  • Getting the balance right between consecutive and simultaneous techniques in 
  • How court/prison video link interpreting alters the profile of the interpreter
  • The importance of ratifying the interpreter in court
  • Best practice for court interpreters

Interpreting in the courtroom: challenges for interpreters” will take place at Aston University in Birmingham on Friday 26th September 2014 (European Day of Languages) in Room MB 753 from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. Registration will be from 9.30 to 10 am.

The cost of the workshop is £70, which includes lunch and morning/afternoon tea and coffee. To pay, please visit this URL. 
For further information please contact John Pollard, Centre for Forensic Linguistics Administrator,
 Aston University,
 Birmingham B4 7ET. Tel: 
0121 204 5161 Email: j.pollard2(at)


hand gesture body languageYou might also be interested in this guest post by Dr Yvonne Fowler about the UK’s Select Committee report on legal interpreting.

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