Ethical codex

STPJM Code of Ethics (short version)

STPJM Code of Ethics is a set of rules regarding the interpreter’s conduct with respect to the interpreting parties as well as interpreter employers. The Code comprises tenets, their guiding principles and illustrative behaviours. The illustrative behaviours do not exhaust the potential solutions to all ethical dilemmas faced by interpreters, they merely give directions as to how to follow a given tenet in practice. The Code consists of the following tenets:

  1. Confidentiality
  2. Professionalism
  3. Professional development
  4. Impartiality
  5. Respect for customers
  6. Respect for other interpreters

The Code of Ethics is based on the philosophy that members of the Deaf community have the undeniable right to full and equal communication alike hearing people. They have the right to make informed choices based on the highes quality interpreting services.

  • The term “interpreting” applies to interpreted-mediated communication whereby the interpreter receives a message in one language and conveys in an appropriate manner in another language.
  • The term “interpreter” applies to a person facilitating mutual communication between the consumers, posessing theorethical and practical knowledge of interpretation and belonging to the Association of Sign Language Interpreters.
  • The term “consumers” applies to Deaf, hard-of-hearing or hearing individuals using the interpreting services.

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