Legal Training Introduction

Legal Training Introduction


Are you a RSLI or TSLI looking to specialise in Legal Interpreting in the near future?​ ​

Would you like a taster of how things work within the Legal domain to  enhance your general practice in another setting?​

​Perhaps you have been nervous of Legal Interpreting?​ ​Have you wondered about the etiquette and processes in court?

Topics covered include:
● The Interpreter Oath
● Court settings and the roles of the Sign Language Interpreter/Deaf Relay/Deaf Intermediary
● Assertiveness and control of the courtroom environment
● Interpreting the intent and meaning of cross examination through nuance, and ambiguity

This workshop can be used as a refresher for those experienced within Legal Interpreting and as a stepping stone for others. As well as championing a holistic interactive approach it includes real case studies and dilemmas to encourage active participation and a lively and thought provoking opportunity to reflect and learn. ​A follow on workshop will be made available in 2019​.

❏ Worth 6 CPD Structured Learning points
❏ Certificate on Completion
❏ Course folder and materials
❏ Lunch & refreshments provided

£75 per person

Further information and a booking form available from –
Mike Unsworth has 20 years of interpreting within the legal domain. He has worked in all areas of Legal interpreting. Having interpreted the full spectrum of crime cases Mike draws on this wealth of experience in his workshops. He has been Head of Interpreting for a leading national Interpreting agency and has mentored and supervised a large team of interpreters.

2018 Dates:

August 18​ – Birmingham
September 8 ​- Southampton
September 22 ​- London
October 27​ – Manchester
November 3​ – Portsmouth
November 24 ​- Bristol

** ​FREE 3 months online virtual classroom support **

This workshop does not qualify or endorse you to work in the Legal Domain before attaining qualified status but can be a useful addition to your training.

Exciting news from ASLI’s Going Pro event

Exciting news from ASLI’s Going Pro event

As this event on 5th October in Wolverhampton is all about opportunities for early career interpreters, ASLI would like to offer three trainee interpreters a free shadowing opportunity at the Going Pro conference.

What we offer:

You are invited to accompany the three RSLIs that are booked for the day. As well as being alongside them during the formal proceedings, you will attend and observe the preparation and debrief sessions. You will gain an insight into what it is like to prepare for conference interpreting, how co-working strategies are agreed and applied, how experienced interpreters cope with challenges such as noisy environments and speaker pace, and you will be able to ask questions about aspects of their work.

What you need to do:

Please send your Expression of Interest (EOI) to by 24th August 2018.

The EOI can be written, spoken or signed but should not exceed 250 words (2 minutes video).

This offer is ONLY open to TSLIs that are ASLI members, so please clearly state your NRCPD number.

Successful applicants will be selected by the ASLI board and announced by 31st August 2018.

Two Day Residential Masterclass for Interpreters and Deaf Relay Interpreters Working in the Legal Domain

Two Day Residential Masterclass
for Interpreters and Deaf Relay Interpreters
Working in the Legal Domain

Two days stuck in a hotel with a group of like-minded peers!
A dream come true or your worst nightmare?!

This is an exciting new masterclass for experienced interpreters working with the police and courts. The weekend is aimed at those wishing to take their professional skills to a new level.

This masterclass will focus on many of the more complex issues we have to deal with when working in this challenging domain; issues such as working as a professional team, dealing with complex legal concepts, language and translation issues and developing our language skills to enable us to function effectively. We will look at a variety of strategies to enhance your performance and offer an excellent opportunity for networking with others in the field.

The weekend will be facilitated by Byron Campbell, and a team of other highly skilled professionals. We also have a District Court Judge joining the master class for a Q & A session and an opportunity to elicit the views of the bench on how we can provide the highest level of service to the courts.

Included in the fees are two full days of interactive discussions and presentations, an evening session on the Saturday, all meals, refreshments and first class accommodation.

The masterclass will be offered twice in October/November. The first weekend will be held near Stratford-upon-Avon on the 20th & 21st October. The second weekend will be in Leeds on the 17th & 18th November. Venues details will be sent on acceptance of your place on the masterclass.

A separate masterclass will be offered in November for Deaf Relay Interpreters. This weekend will be held on the 24th & 25th November in Birmingham.

Places will be very limited on each weekend so early applications are advised. Please email the following details to

Your name and contact details, number of years experience in the legal field, what you are hoping to gain from this masterclass and which weekend you wish to attend, Stratford-upon-Avon or Leeds.

The total cost of the masterclass will be £325. A deposit of £75 will be payable upon confirmation of your place on the weekend, the remainder of the fees will be payable 4 weeks before the event. Invoices will be sent with your booking confirmation. If you have any questions regarding the masterclass, please email me and I will reply as soon as possible. I look forward to seeing you on what will undoubtedly be an informative, stimulating and fun weekend.

Byron Campbell