JUSTISIGNS – Access to justice for Deaf communities

Interesource Group


We have seen repeated coverage of a fake interpreter (Mr Thamsanqa Jantjie) hit the headlines recently at major events such as President Nelson Mandela’s memorial service and more recently the same interpreter being satirically cast for a video sharing app. The world is shocked that such farcical events can be allowed to happen. Who booked the interpreter? What are his qualification? What about security? Was he really talking nonsense?

Well – you may be surprised to learn that every day, Deaf people are subjected to situations in health, justice and education where some authorities who ought to be responsible for the provision of a qualified sign language interpreter fall short on either providing one, do not hire adequately trained professionals, or do not actually think there is a the need for a qualified interpreter. For a Deaf person, the outcome of this is the same as what Deaf people experienced…

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  1. 30/03/2015 at 7:20 pm

    Was To Be A Group Setup Because Of An Ad Put In The Phoenix Magazine In 1991.The Idea At The Time Was To Get A Group Of Individuals Who Were Concerned About The Rights Of The Deaf When They Encountered The Legal System.Then As Now, The Irish Legal System Is Not Adequately Equipped To Deal With The Deaf And Their Special Needs.Few Allowances Are Made For Their Disabilities Such As Their Failure To Interpret A Situation Or To Judge People Correctly When In The Mixed Company Of Both Deaf And Hearing..Thus,Deaf People Can Quite Innocently Become Involved In Crime Due To Their Disability.The Deaf Are Also At A Disadvantage When Charged With An Offence.Interpreters Are Often Not Made Available To A Deaf Person To Defend Themselves In Court.Deaf People May Not Be Aware Of Their Legal Rights In Such A Situation,.They May Also Be Unable To Communicate Their Innocence Or Contribute Evidence Vital To The Case Due To Their Deafness,.Silent Minority Was To Exist To Highlight These And Other Effects Of The Present Legal System On The Deaf.The Idea At The Time Was To See The Deaf Treated More Sympathetically And More Equably,Both In The Courts And The Media..

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