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Some Common Pitfalls and Solutions for Court Interpreters in Zoom

Trials in Melbourne have been moved onto Zoom due to the recent stage 4 lock down in Melbourne. I have the opportunity to assist two witnesses to give evidence in Zoom recently, one for the Country Court, and the other one for the Supreme Court. Here are some of my experience of the common pitfalls […]

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Interpreting for Mediation in Zoom

Due to the current stage 4 Covid 19 lock down in Melbourne, I have just had my first virtual mediation interpreting experience in Zoom last week.  As my laptop had just updated its driver for my speaker, I had difficulty with my audio at the beginning of the mediation. I had to use a spare […]

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Interpreting for Court Hearing in Zoom

During the recent stage 4 COVID lock down in Melbourne, I had the opportunity to do my first trial over Zoom assisting a defendant /applicant in counter claim to give evidence in a commercial case in the Supreme Court of Victoria.  The judge’s associate did a connection test with every one two days before the […]

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An Expensive Divorce: Consolidating Translated Legal Information for Public Access

A lawyer in the city recently engaged us to translate a divorce consent order. He represented the wife and the translated documents were to be served to the husband in CHINA. Some clauses from the Family Law Act 1975 were quoted in the consent order, and therefore the lawyer has asked us to translate those […]

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Ethical Price Reduction & Heroic Effort

An elderly Chinese couple from Hong Kong issued proceedings in Melbourne Country Court against their accountant daughter for failure to return the money held on trust. The elder couple were in their 60s and they migrated to Australia a few years ago to live with their daughter and son-in-law. They remitted their life savings to the daughter’s home loan […]

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Accurate Translation of Phone Intercept Shortened Drug Trial

A container of floor tiles from Hong Kong arrived at Fremantle, with heroin concealed inside. Police followed the truck from the port to a warehouse in Perth and subsequently 4 Chinese was arrested.  Telephone intercepts became key evidence in the police’s case to prove that the accused had knowledge of what was inside. Our multilingual Chinese legal interpreter was […]

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Seamless Handover in Lengthy Proceeding

This case involved a claim by a China-based plaintiff of misused company funds against an Australian director. Our Chinese court translator Dongmei assisted with the pre-trial translation of a large folder of journal accounts of expenses and agreements written in Chinese. The case lasted for two years and failed to settle. One month before the trial commencement, […]

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30 Day Murder Trial at Victoria Supreme Court

The client was a female Vietnamese Chinese refugee with 3 years of primary school education and a gambling addiction. She was charged with murder of another Vietnamese woman who did not speak Cantonese, who wanted her money lent to the accused back.  The accused chose a Cantonese speaking interpreter instead of a Vietnamese interpreter, hoping […]

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