Court interpreters a ‘shallow’ fix: ALRM
The Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement (ALRM) says the South Australian Government’s promise of more Aboriginal interpreters is a shallow response to a wider problem.The government will spend $520,000 over four years to get more Aboriginal people working in the courts system.
Neil Gillespie from ALRM says it will not improve the legal rights of Aboriginal people who don’t speak english. He says Aboriginal rights lawyers will still be unable to brief their clients ahead of court proceedings.
“What we’re talking about is the Rann Government providing in the court system, but not pre-court system, so Aboriginal people continue to be denied access to justice in the Australian justice system,” he said.”It’s a bit of a shallow type of funding because it’s only focusing on the prosecution of Aboriginal people rather than the defence of Aboriginal people.”