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Law Theory for Interpreters

Brush up on your knowledge of South African Law

This course aims to equip aspiring court interpreters with the required law theory so that they are able to work professionally in legal contexts with a full understanding of the legal implications of their actions.  The course examines the court process as a whole: evidence, jurisdiction, criminal and civil court procedure, elements of a crime and many other important aspects of the legal system. This knowledge, along with the associated terminology, is crucial for the court interpreter.

Upcoming course: 19 June - 11 August 2023 

Registration Closes: 09 June 2023

PLEASE NOTE: Upcoming courses will run ONLINE.

Course Fee

The course costs R7 800.

Classes are subject to a minimum of 8 students. We reserve the right not to run a particular course in an intake if there is insufficient demand. 


The course is part-time and runs for 8 weeks (40 hours) 


Participants who meet all minimum requirements for the course are awarded a certificate of competence.

Programme Overview

Law theory for Interpreters is offered as part of the Diploma in Legal interpreting.
This course equips learners with an overview of the South African Legal system. The criminal and civil court procedure and the role of the interpreter in each setting is presented in a way that is useful for the court interpreter. The course also focusses on the acts that interpreters most commonly encounter: The basic conditions of employment act, the labour relations act and the criminal procedure act. General legal principles pertinent to court interpreting are addressed.

The Diploma in Legal Interpreting, which is accredited by SASSETA, is aimed at upgrading language practitioners’ skills in interpreting and thereby improving their career prospects. Qualifying students who pass the Diploma in Legal Interpreting will be able to apply to enroll in Postgraduate Diploma in Translation or Interpreting at Wits, subject to terms and conditions set by the University Senate.

This course starts on 25 July 2020 and ends on 16 September 2022. This course is presented online and has no face-to-face sessions.


SASSETA accredited Diploma in Legal interpreting

Entry Requirements

Please ensure you meet the following requirements when applying for the course: 

-Grade 12 or equivalent (approved by SAQA).
-Fluent English.
-Basic computer literacy.
-Successful completion of Introduction to Interpreting Skills

Career Opportunities

This course equips learners with basic knowledge of South African Law. This course is specifically suited for aspiring court interpreters