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Introduction to Criminal Law for Interpreters and Translators

This self-paced course is designed for interpreters and translators wishing to enhance their knowledge of the Australian Criminal Justice System and police and court interpreting discourse as well as those wishing to prepare for the NAATI Certified Specialist Legal Interpreter test.


This self-paced course is designed for interpreters and translators wishing to enhance their knowledge of the Australian Criminal Justice System and police and court interpreting discourse as well as those wishing to prepare for the NAATI Certified Specialist Legal Interpreter test.


Topics covered in this course include:

  • Criminal Courts Overview

  • Criminal Investigations    

  • Bail Applications

  • Interpreting in Police Settings

  • Interpreting in Lawyer-Client Interviews                 

  • Summary Proceedings     

  • Committal Proceedings

  • Higher Court Pleas           

  • Trials                                            

  • Giving Evidence in Court

  • Accuracy in Court Interpreting

  • Appeals                

  • Intervention Orders/ Apprehended Violence Orders

  • Recommended National Standards for Working with Interpreters in Courts and Tribunals


Registration Fee:

  • $299 inc GST - General Public

  • 10% Discount for All Graduates T&I (with ID Verification. See 'How to Register').


Course Presenters

All of our courses are delivered by Education and Industry experts. Listed below are the educators and industry experts who have designed and delivered each lesson.



Through each lesson, learners are required to complete a number of pop quizzes. In order to successfully complete the course and attain theur certificate, they need to score 100% on each quiz. If they have answered a question wrong, they will be required to retry the quiz. Learners have unlimited quiz attempts and will not be able to move to the next lesson until they have scored 100% on the quiz.


Links to Resources:

The course includes links to courts and tribunals websites of all states and territories as well as links to related documents, glossaries, podcasts and webinars i.e.:

  • Working with Interpreters in Courts and Tribunals Recommended National Standards for SECOND EDITION

  • Glossary of common court, tribunal and legal terms for interpreters

  • Legal Literate App

  • Conversations: T&I podcasts

  • NSW Legal Aid webinars


Course Completion Timeframe:

This is a self-paced course. However, each lesson should take approximately 2-3 hours to complete when all content is watched and read and quizzes are completed.



A "Certificate of Completion" will be issued upon completion of the course which you can use for NAATI Recertification. Learners will be eligible for 40 PD points toward recertification (Section 1.4 of NAATI Recertification PD Catalogue).



"This course will introduce the learners to the necessary context and content of different criminal law settings. Interpreters will learn about the various stages of the legal proceedings, from the arrest and police interview to the trial. While addressing the key notion of accuracy of interpreting, the course will look at the responsibilities of each professional group, including not only the interpreter but other professionals, such as magistrates and judges, and lawyers, as outlined in the Recommended National Standards. The glossaries of legal terms will assist the learners in developing their own bilingual resources. These and other components will ensure that the learners have a sound legal and lexical understanding of the criminal settings where interpreting is required and that they are adequately prepared for interpreting in these settings."

- Professor Ludmila Stern, Linguistics, Interpreting and Translation, School of Humanities and Languages, UNSW Sydney


Learner Support:

Our Learner Support Team is always ready to assist you throughout your learning experience with us. For all your course content-related questions and inquiries, you can email us or we can make time for a Video or Telephone call. 


In your email please provide us with:

  • Your full name

  • Course Name (i.e., Ethics and Professionalism for Interpreters and Translators)

  • Lesson number/name (i.e., Lesson 4.1 What is Accuracy)

Online MeetingSchedule a Meeting with the course trainer


How to Register: 

Step 1. Click the Register button at the top right of the course.

Step 2. Complete your Attendee details including Name, Email and other details as required.

NOTE: If you are an All Graduates Registered Interpreter or Translator, enter your unique ID into the 'All Graduates ID' for an exclusive 10% discount. If you do NOT know your All Graduates ID, please contact All Graduates before completing your registration. If your ID cannot be verified, you will not be eligible for discounted rates where applicable.

Step 3. Review your Order Contact and Billing address. These are the details that will be listed on your tax invoice.

Step 4. Tick the checkbox to accept the terms and conditions.

Step 5. On successful registration you will receive 3 confirmation emails:

  1. Course Instructions

  2. Order Tax Invoice

  3. Course Enrolment Notification

Please refer to the emails for further instructions on how to access the course.

If you do not receive your emails, please check your junk or spam inbox as it may have been received there. 

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