Tuesday 20 March 2018

Deaf well able to serve on juries

We refer to your report of July 15 on the recent court ruling that deemed Joan Clarke, a deaf mother of two, eligible for the jury service but refused admission for the sign-language interpreter to the jury room.

We applaud the judge's ruling for removing some barriers for deaf people to serve on the juries. We applaud Ms Clarke for taking a stand in the first place. But there is a troublesome issue arising from this ruling.

The widely held belief, as identified in the article, is that the purpose of employing an interpreter is to assist the deaf person.

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