Jun 02


If you were a deaf person, who uses a sign language, and you had to report a crime, how would you do it? How would you engage with emergency services? How would you access victim supports? If you were a suspect, how would the police effectively interview you? If a sign language interpreter is provided – are they trained? Are they experienced in working in legal settings? Will the police caution be available to you in your national sign language?  If you go to court, will your testimony be video recorded? Or will the spoken language interpretation become the record? If no video record is available, how might you raise an appeal if you are concerned about the quality of the interpretation? These are some of the questions that Trinity’s Centre for Deaf Studies (School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences) and project partners addressed with their award winning JUSTISIGNS Project, which looked at how Europeans who are deaf, sign language users, engage with the justice systems in their respective countries, and particularly, with police forces. Empirical data led to the development and piloting of training materials that have been rolled out across Europe and now shared internationally at www.justisigns.com, including an online course. 

Target language
Irish Sign Language, Flemish Sign Language (Vlaamse Gebarentaal), British Sign Language, Swiss German Sign Language
Beginning date
02 / 06 / 2013
End date
30 / 09 / 2016
Created by
Trinity College Dublin (IE)
Implemented at
Trinity College Dublin (IE)
- Higher Education - Teacher Training - Lifelong Learning
Educational technologies and tools
- Online publishing tools [blogs, websites, robojournalism tools, curation tools, timelines, concept mapping tools and services, etc.] - Online/Hybrid course management platforms and authoring software [Moodle, Blackboard, Canvas, Sakai, etc.; online course authoring software and tools, etc.]
Teaching methods
- Face-to-face learning/blended learning/online learning - Case studies-based learning - Problem-based learning - Project-based learning
Contact information
PI: Professor Lorraine Leeson
Centre for Deaf Studies
School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences
Trinity College Dublin

Tel. 00 353 1 896 1560

How to cite this best practice?
Carson, Lorna; Sheikh, Haaris Lynch, Teresa Venturi, Lucia. (2013). "JUSTISIGNS". Online: https://foco.usal.es/en/fichas/justisigns/. Repositorio FOCO [21-09-2019].