Who is leading the change
- Court Services Victoria
The Magistrates’ Court of Victoria allocate specific funding for family violence interpreters and develop court guidelines for booking interpreters in family violence matters. Among other things, the guidelines should take account of the following:
- an early process for checking whether parties require an interpreter
- a practice of booking two interpreters if both parties require an interpreter
- a presumption that wherever possible a female interpreter will be booked for a female party
The Magistrates’ Court of Victoria (MCV) has consulted with the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Family Safety Victoria, National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI), Language Service Providers and Monash University on interpreter engagement and training for court staff and interpreters.
The MCV has identified projects to:
- enhance court guidelines for booking interpreters in family violence matters
- improve interpreter capability by increasing their knowledge and skills in family violence matters at court
- further advance cultural competency of staff by introducing training on working effectively with interpreters
The MCV is currently:
- revising its court guidelines for booking interpreters in family violence matters
- integrating interpreter services within the Online Magistrates’ Court
- commencing development of a court specific family violence training with Monash University
- exploring the development of working effectively with interpreters training with a Language Service Provider.
MCV is also ensuring that the work associated with interpreters is consistent with the ‘Using Interpreting Services - Victorian Government Guidelines on Policy and Procedures’.
Forecast implementation date: 31 December 2021.
Reviewed 07 January 2021