The Way Forward for Court Interpreting in Europe
In accordance with Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights (hereinafter: ECHR), anyone facing a criminal charge must be provided with the services of an interpreter (free of charge) if he or she does not understand the language of the proceedings. Although all EU Member States are signatories to the ECHR, not all of them meet the above requirement, at least not in a satisfactory way (Morgan 2011: 6). At the same time, the growing mobility of EU citizens and the enlargement of the EU has increased the number of criminal proceedings involving a non-national citizen, and in turn the need for court interpreting. Therefore, the EU has started exploring ways to bridge the differences in court interpreting in the Member States.