This project aims to examine the ways judicial officers can improve courtroom communication and prevent miscommunication and error. It focuses on criminal cases where speakers of the 'new and emerging' and Aboriginal languages are involved, and where interpreters receive limited or no specialised training. 

The research involves experts from different disciplines, including interpreting, computational linguistics and law. We adopt mixed-methods design involving an ethnographic approach to data collection, and qualitative and quantitative methods for data analysis, including computational and discourse analysis.

Expected outcomes of this project will include improved outcomes of interpreted communication and better access to justice for non-English speaking participants.

Funding agency

Australian Research Council / Linkage Project (LP180100366)


Multicultural NSW


•    Associate Professor Ludmila Stern
•    Professor Sandra Hale
•    Dr Stephen Doherty
•    Long Li