Interpreters provide a “certain calm”

Her Honour, Magistrate Sandra De Maio says Aboriginal interpreters ease what can sometimes be tense situations in the court room.

While based in the Northern Territory, our Aboriginal Interpreter Service is regularly called upon to assist interstate, particularly in the bush court system.

Speaking from the Blackstone Magistrates Bush Court, Magistrate De Maio said the Aboriginal Interpreter Service is essential to the courts function.

“There is a certain calm that comes over the court when we have an Aboriginal Interpreter Service interpreter on duty,” she said.

“This is especially appreciated at times of high intensity.

It is really important the person in court understands what is being communicated to them and the Aboriginal Interpreter Service provides this crucial communication,” Magistrate De Maio said.

“Anything we can do to promote the Aboriginal Interpreter Service is a good thing for all. Community members, to the court, and police services - we all benefit from having the Aboriginal Interpreter Service in operation.”

Fabrienne Petersen is pictured with Her Honour, Magistrate Sandra De Maio
AIS interpreter Fabrienne Petersen is pictured with Her Honour, Magistrate Sandra De Maio of the Magistrates Court of Western Australia at Blackstone Magistrates Bush Court.