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Court and Legal system

Court and legal interpreting require familiarity with legal systems, legal concepts and court etiquette, as well as the knowledge of specialist linguistic terminology. It is a highly skilled profession with considerable ethical responsibility.
Context has a 25-year record of providing interpreters to courts of various jurisdictions, for criminal and civil matters and from District to Supreme Court level.
In Continuous Professional Development activities with legal professionals, experienced court interpreters and senior in-house staff, Context interpreters acquire the necessary knowledge and skills in the areas of:

  • etiquette and conduct at court;
  • confidentiality, impartiality, integrity and professional limitations;
  • roles and boundaries of the court interpreter;
  • interface with judges, solicitors, GardaĆ­ and clerks;
  • consultations outside the courtroom;
  • dealing with challenging situations;
  • reporting and debriefing;
  • safe-keeping of documents.

In parallel to providing service excellence, Context actively campaigns for professional recognition of court interpreters in Ireland. This involves:

  • internationally approved interpreting standards in accordance with ISO DIS 13611;
  • interpreter training leading to accreditation;
  • a national register of accredited interpreters;
  • regulated market operation.

Our mission is to provide a consistent and sustainable service to courts facilitating efficient communication in the courtroom.