New Practice Note

Working with interpreters (GPN-INTERP)

28 March 2023

The Chief Justice has issued a new Practice Note, Working with interpreters (GPN-INTERP).

The practice note applies to all civil and criminal proceedings. It applies to any existing proceedings which the Court directs should be subject to this practice note in whole or in part.

The main purposes of this practice note are:

  • to implement in the Court the second edition of the Recommended National Standards for Working with Interpreters in Courts and Tribunals published in 2022 by the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity, with minor modifications as set out in Annexure B to this practice note;
  • to clarify that the Court has control over the giving of evidence that is interpreted or translated into English;
  • to recognise the special status of an interpreter in the administration of justice by declaring the duties of an interpreter in relation to the Court and the parties to proceedings; and
  • to provide some procedural guidance on the operation of the FCA Standards in the Court (which are for the Court, judicial officers, interpreters, and legal practitioners).
The Practice Note is effective from 24 March 2023.

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