Canada Facing Increased Demand for Courtroom Interpreters

Posted on: January 21st, 2016 by Suzanne Deliscar Add A Comment

As a news report highlights that 11,000 Indiana trial court cases used a language interpreter in one year, Canada is seeing its own increased demand for courtroom interpreters, says Brampton lawyer-linguist Suzanne Deliscar.

“It’s quite significant that it’s 11,000 in one year just in Indiana — it shows that many people who are accessing the court system there have those kinds of needs,” says Deliscar, commenting on an Indiana Public Media online article.

“We’re seeing the same trends here in Canada.”

According to Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General, more than 800 accredited freelance interpreters provide more than 150,000 courtroom hours of interpretation every year in this province. Some courts also have staff interpreters, Deliscar says.

But that’s not enough to meet the demand, especially in smaller communities where interpreters may have to be brought in, she adds.

“It’s a fundamental constitutional right to have an interpreter because you can’t be in court and defend yourself without being able to articulate your claim,” Deliscar tells

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