Equity in the South African legal system :|ba critical ethnography

Leiper, Jonathan (2004) Equity in the South African legal system :|ba critical ethnography. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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This thesis focuses on the process of interpreting and the difficulties faced by interpreters in the Magistrates' ourt in Grahamstown, South Africa. More particularly, the thesis seeks to establish whether the constitutional guarantee of language equity can be applied to the courts - given the numerous problems with interpreting. Respondents from different spheres of the legal profession were interviewed in order to ascertain their perspectives on the state of interpreting, problems that are encountered by interpreters and attitudes displayed by other members of the legal profession towards interpreters. The methodology used in the thesis is that of a critical ethnography. As such, the research also has a critical focus, seeking to determine the ideologies and interests of different ):articipants in the legal process. On the basis of the data collected, a number of conclusions are drawn. The first is that interpreting in South Africa is in trouble. The system of interpreting is beset by a number of different problems. This study describes four different types of problems that are faced by interpreters: linguistic problems, environmental problems, training and administrative issues, and poor status in the eyes of the other participants in the legal process. Together the cumulative effect of these problems is the undermining of the principle of equity in the justice system. Finally, the thesis provides various practical and achievable solutions to the problems outlined above, specifically those faced by interpreters. The researcher also critically evaluates the efforts and motives of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Court interpreting and translating, Legal translating
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > English Language and Linguistics
ID Code:1998
Deposited By: Mrs Carol Perold
Deposited On:11 Aug 2011 12:29
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:21
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