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An Interpreter Isn't Enough: Deafness, Language, and Due Process


Michele LaVigne


University of Wisconsin Law School

McCay Vernon


affiliation not provided to SSRN

2003

Wisconsin Law Review, No. 844, 2003
Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper

Abstract:     
Prelingual deafness (hearing loss from birth or early childhood) is a complicated communication disorder that has a profound effect on language and knowledge acquisition, language usage, and overall linguistic ability. This means that most deaf defendants will be at a marked disadvantage in their dealings with the criminal or juvenile justice systems. It also means that simply providing an interpreter will not be an adequate remedy. This article looks at the intertwined issues of deafness, language, interpretation, and their cumulative effect on deaf people's ability to meaningfully participate in the justice system.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 95

Keywords: Deafness, language, interpreting, due process, criminal law

JEL Classification: K14

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Date posted: January 22, 2011  

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LaVigne, Michele and Vernon, McCay, An Interpreter Isn't Enough: Deafness, Language, and Due Process (2003). Wisconsin Law Review, No. 844, 2003; Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1744291

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Michele LaVigne (Contact Author)
University of Wisconsin Law School ( email )
975 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706
United States
McCay Vernon
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