Canada could learn from U.S. about court interpreter needs

Posted on: June 20th, 2014 by Suzanne Deliscar Add A Comment

As Canada becomes increasingly multicultural, Orangeville lawyer-linguist Suzanne Deliscar says the provinces must take a careful look at the resources they provide to court interpreters to avoid the access-to-justice problems some American jurisdictions are experiencing as they struggle to fund an ever-growing demand for the services.

“To ensure that an interpreter is always available it’s necessary to have a policy, or an adopted position that no matter what, the funding will be there to pay an interpreter as needed,” she tells “We don’t see it as a standard necessity and that has to change.”

Deliscar says access to an interpreter should be regarded as important as the fundamental right to legal representation itself – otherwise the justice system breaks down.

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