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A case study of interpreter-mediated witness statement: police interpreting in South Korea

Title
A case study of interpreter-mediated witness statement: police interpreting in South Korea
Authors
Lee J.
Ewha Authors
이지은
SCOPUS Author ID
이지은scopus
Issue Date
2017
Journal Title
Police Practice and Research
ISSN
1561-4263JCR Link
Citation
vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 194 - 205
Keywords
impartialityinterpreter-mediated witness statementinterpreting competencePolice interpretingtraining
Publisher
Routledge
Indexed
SCOPUS scopus
Abstract
Interpreters play an important role in police interviewing witnesses from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. In the cases where interpreters lack professional attributes such as interpreting competence and impartiality, it is very likely that the interpreted evidence and statement will not be a faithful reproduction of original utterances. If attention is not paid to possible alterations by interpreters to the original utterances of the witness and duty of care is lacking in the procedure of obtaining statement from witnesses through such interpreters, the official legal record may not be an accurate one. Drawing on the data of a video-recorded interpreter-mediated police interview in South Korea, this paper examines issues arising from the lack of understanding of the role of interpreters, which may have implications for criminal proceedings. The findings indicate that in addition to interpreter training, more efficient police training in the adoption of best practice guidelines in interviewing through interpreters is required. © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
DOI
10.1080/15614263.2016.1248840
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