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NAT: Legal Interpreting Seminar Series - Overview Modules 1 - 4 & Registration Seminar 1

  • 17 September 2021
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (AEST)
  • The Comfort of your Own Space - Zoom Webinar
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NAT: Legal Interpreting
Seminar Series

Seminar 1 - Friday 17 September 2021 2pm - 5pm (AEST)
Seminar 2 - Thursday 23 September 2021 2pm - 5pm (AEST)
Seminar 3 - Friday 1 October 2021 2pm - 5pm (AEST)
Seminar 4 -
Friday 8 October 2021 2pm - 5pm (AEDT)

- Online Webinars via Zoom -

REGISTRATIONS CLOSED for session 1 17.8.21

This series of four (4) modules delivered as online interactive seminars
has been developed for interpreting practitioners who are new to the field of legal interpreting.

Over four weeks, we aim to increase participants’ knowledge of the field, provide resources for further learning and research, and a space for reflection on the application of professional ethics and interpreting skills in this area. Participants can register for individual modules, but should be aware that the modules have been developed in a scaffolded approach where knowledge and pertinent vocabulary is built from one module to the next. Seminars 1 to 3 are a repeat of popular sessions delivered in 2020, but Seminar 4 is new to the program.

You must register and pay for each seminar individually by clicking on the links provided in the description or as outlined in the footer below.

Seminar 1:
Introduction to Legal Interpreting
(clicking on this link will take you to the main page where you can register for this first session)
(Friday 17 September 2021, 2-5pm AEST)

In this first module, we provide an overview of legal systems with particular focus on the Australian system, introduce participants to the field of legal interpreting, consider professional ethics in the area, and end with a practical review of interpreting in police settings.

Seminar 2: Courts and Tribunals
(Thursday 23 September 2021, 2-5 p.m. AEST)

The second module focuses on courts and tribunals in the Australian system, including differences between adversarial and inquisitorial proceedings. We spend a bit of time on criminal court proceedings and at interpreter protocols in the federal AAT.

Seminar 3: Interpreters in Court
(Friday 1 October, 2-5 p.m. AEST)

This session looks at the roles and responsibilities of the parties involved in interpreted proceedings by reviewing the standards set by the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity in its Recommended Standards for Working with Interpreters in Courts and Tribunals, then hones in on interpreter preparation and resources. We will look both at the type of preparation that is useful for court interpreting in general, as well as how to prepare for specific cases.

Seminar 4: Courtroom protocols and interpreting modes
(Friday 8 October, 2-5 p.m. AEDT)

The final module in the Legal Interpreting series provides a detailed look at working in a local or magistrates’ court. Through the use of videos filmed in actual NSW court precincts, we discuss in detail the courtroom protocols that apply, the players involved and the appropriate interpreting modes at different stages.


Silvia Martinez is a NAATI-Certified Interpreter and Translator (Spanish<>English), who has concentrated her interpreting practice on 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 Webinars

Please NOTE these are live webinars and you must log in and register to attend at the date and time advised.  Registrants will be provided with an access link to each seminar two (2) days before the event.

These are LIVE EVENTS and will be recorded BUT recordings will only be available for paid registrants.

PD Logbook
: Level -

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.


You must log in and attend the full webinar to receive a Certificate for PD purposes. Recordings will only be available for those who register and attend the event. These may take approximately two (2) weeks to be released following the event.



Seminar 1 - Introduction to Legal Interpreting
Friday 17 September 2021 2pm - 5pm (AEST)

Seminar 2 - Courts and Tribunals

Thursday 23 September 2021 2pm - 5pm (AEST)

Seminar 3 - Interpreters in Court
Friday 1 October 2021 2pm - 5pm (AEDT)

Seminar 4 - Courtroom protocols & interpreting modes 
Friday 8 October 2021 2pm - 5pm (AEDT)


The Comfort of your own Space
Zoom online Webinars - Live


Price for each Seminar:

AUSIT & ASLIA Members - $45
AUSIT Student Members - $25
Non-members - $100


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