28 Aug 2015
Minister for Local Government and Community Services
Minister for Local Government and Community Services Bess Price has congratulated the Aboriginal Interpreter Service (AIS) on completing the police cautions app for smart devices in 18 different Aboriginal languages.
cautions provide assistance to Indigenous people and will help them understand
their rights and also remove significant language barriers faced by Indigenous communities,”
Minister Price said.
who speak English as an additional language are less likely to understand their
responsibilities or use their rights when interviewed by police, and this was a
major challenge that had to be addressed.
caution app on police issued iPads includes English subtitles to be used in the
field at the time of apprehension, so that people understand their rights
rather than waiting for an interpreter, and police will also know what part of
the caution is being read out.
will reduce the need to call Aboriginal interpreters as witnesses in court
cases, allowing for time in other areas of interpreting like health, education,
social services and other community engagement.”
worked in partnership with Northern Territory Police and the Northern Territory
Department of Attorney-General to ensure the police cautions include two
versions – an ‘In Custody’ version and a ‘Not in Custody’ version. Both
versions can be used by law enforcement at any time, and meet all the legal
requirements for the courts system.
Rosas, Director of AIS has praised the new police caution app that will be
loaded onto police smart devices and said this will make law enforcement
tool will assist in preventing miscommunication and will be invaluable in the
Northern Territory, whilst interpreters always interpret to the very best of
their ability, the complexities and differences between Aboriginal languages
and legal English can lead to miscommunication .” Mrs Rosas said.
for Local Government and Community Services Bess Price also commended the AIS and
NT Police to make this project a reality.
project needed 50 dedicated and capable interpreters to make this a reality, so
thank you to everyone at the AIS and NT Police in producing these comprehensive
police cautions in many languages.” Minister Price said.
Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department funded the AIS to undertake the
project to improve legal interpreting and that included recording the police
cautions into Aboriginal languages.
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