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NAT: Introduction to Legal Interpreting

  • 04 December 2020
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (AEDT)
  • The comfort of your own space
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NAT:   Introduction to Legal Interpreting
Live Interactive Seminar (Via Zoom)
Friday 4 December 2020
2.00pm - 5.00pm AEDT (Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra Hobart)


All modules are targeted at an introductory level for interpreters who are new to this field of interpreting. Although participants don’t need to attend the three modules, they have been developed in a scaffolded approach where knowledge and pertinent vocabulary is built from one to the other module.

The schedule of the three seminars are as follows; please refer to the individual eflash for registration.

Seminar 1 - Introduction to Legal Interpreting (2-5pm, 4 Dec 2020)

Seminar 2 - Court Interpreting 1 (2-5pm, 11 Dec 2020)

Seminar 3 - Court Interpreting 2 (2-5pm, 18 Dec 2020)


Interactive Seminar 1

In this module, we’ll cover an overview of the Australian legal system, introduce the field of legal interpreting, consider the application of professional ethics to this field, and take a detailed look at interpreting in police settings.


Over three weeks, we’ll be delivering an introduction to legal and court interpreting in three modules. Topics will cover an overview of the Australian legal system, and then focus on interpreting in police and courtroom settings.


Silvia Martinez is a Certified Interpreter and Translator (Spanish<>English), who has concentrated her interpreting practice in conference and legal interpreting. She gained an appreciation of the challenges and requirements for interpreting in legal settings—and the skills—when she completed a Graduate Diploma in Interpreting and Translation at Western Sydney University in 2001. She also worked as research assistant to Professor Sandra Hale on the project that led to Interpreter Policies, Practices and Protocols in Australian Courts and Tribunals, published in 2011 by the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration, and which laid important groundwork for the development of the JCCD’s Recommended National Standards for Working with Interpreters in Courts and Tribunals.

Silvia works on a freelance and casual employment basis, both with private clients and through agencies contracted to provide interpreting services in courts and tribunals. She frequently works in the NSW criminal jurisdiction as court-appointed interpreter through Multicultural NSW and through the same agency, at NSW Police interviews. And she is, of course, a member of AUSIT and of Translators and Interpreters Australia (Professionals Australia).

Joining the Seminar

Please NOTE this is a live Seminar- Registrants will be provided with an access link to join at 2.00pm AEDT on Friday 4 December 2020. 

This Seminar WILL be recorded.

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Please consult the NAATI Recertification Catalogue to allocate the relevant PD Points (downloadable from

Some activities can be included under different categories, so please choose the most appropriate category for your recertification purposes.


  Friday 4 December 2020
  2.00pm - 5.00pm AEDT


  The Comfort of your Own Space


AUSIT Members:   $25
AUSIT Student Members:   $10

Non-Members:   $75


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