The rules concerning the engagement or appointment of interpreters for civil litigation in NSW courts have been amended.
The Uniform Civil Procedure (Amendment No 92) Rule 2019 provides for new rules. These are based on the Model Rules in Recommended National Standards for Working with Interpreters in Courts and Tribunals prepared by the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity.
- When an interpreter may be engaged;
- Who may act as an interpreter; and
- Functions of interpreters.
Importantly, an interpreter must now adhere to the Court Interpreters’ Code of Conduct, which is set out in Schedule 7A of the UCPR. A copy needs to be given to the interpreter as soon as possible after they have been engaged or appointed.
The By Lawyers Litigation publications for Local, District and Supreme Courts have been updated accordingly. A link to the Code of Conduct is included.