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Research into experiences of interpreter-assisted remote and hybrid hearings



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Request from the Centre for Translation Studies, University of Surrey -

Share your experiences of interpreter-assisted remote and hybrid hearings
(spoken language interpreting)

The Virtual and On-site Interpreting in Court Environments (VOICE) pilot
project would like to invite legal professionals and practitioners, court
personnel, social workers, members of support services e.g. intermediaries,
and legal interpreters who have experience of remote and hybrid hearings
involving spoken-language interpreting in the last 12 months to take part in
an online survey.

The purpose of the research is to identify the types of courtroom
configurations and technology set-ups used in hearings and to further
understand the impact these have on (spoken language) interpreting.  The
survey will ask about your experiences of hearings involving interpreters
where all participants join remotely (by video link or by telephone) as well
as hybrid hearings where some participants take part from inside the
courtroom and others by remote means (video link, telephone).

The focus is on interpreting for participants whose first language is a
verbal language, not a sign language.

Responses to this survey are anonymous. Depending on your experiences, you
may also be invited to indicate your willingness to participate in a
semi-structured telephone interview to talk about interpreter-assisted
hearings in more detail, in which case you can choose whether to provide
your personal contact details. The survey will take approximately 10-15
minutes to complete, however, it may take longer if you have relevant
experience of remote and/or hybrid hearings in the criminal and family
courts, where we would like to ask you some additional questions about your
experiences. The closing date for the survey is 24 December 2021.

Further information about the survey can be found on the landing page by
clicking on the link below: