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A Field Trip To Supreme Court

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On 10 April 2012, a group of 29 students/faculty of the BA in Translation and Interpretation (BATI) joined a field trip to the Supreme Court to learn more about the legal system in Singapore and the profession of Court Interpreters. The delegates toured the facilities of the Supreme Court and were briefed on its functions.
 
The highlight of the event was a two-hour interaction session between the Court Interpreters and the BATI students, held in a courtroom. Mr. Lim Cher Yeow, Head Interpreter, and Ms. Lim Puay Siang, Deputy Head Interpreter, who both graduated from the BATI programme, shared insights into  a court interpreter’s job scope and requirements. Under the guidance of the Court Interpreters, the BATI students then took turns to role-play the mock trial, acting as lawyer, defendant and interpreter. The session ended with a demonstration by the court interpreters. From this two-hour session, students gained in-depth insights into court interpreter’s roles and responsibilities in legal proceedings, and were have been inspired to sharpen further their skills in translation and interpreting. 

 

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