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LEAP Survey Report: The Quality of Interpretation in Criminal Proceedings

March 31, 2016 - LEAP, legal experts, translation

This report provides an overview of the situation in 18 Member States in relation to the provision of quality interpretation in criminal proceedings, with particular reference to the obligations set out in Articles 2 and 5 of the Directive. While the Directive does address the provision of both translation and interpretation services, this report will focus solely on the interpretation of oral statements during interrogations and court hearings and does not cover issues related to the translation of documents. Any mention of translation made by respondents to the survey has been omitted as it is beyond the scope of this report.
Fair Trials hopes that the information collated in this paper will assist the European Commission in identifying failures by Member States to comply with the obligations under the Directive and take enforcement action accordingly. For those Member States which are covered by the survey and this report, we hope the information provided will highlight certain areas of concern and enable lawyers to view their own system through a comparative prism and encourage courts to do the same. Further, it may inform the domestic advocacy efforts of NGOs, lawyers and bar associations and provide a useful knowledge base for academics conducting research into the area.
You can download the full report here.

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