A new report has found almost all aboriginal people in one community in Australia have no understanding of basic English legal terms. Research by Australia's Aboriginal Resource and Development Service shows 95 per cent of the Yolngu people from Arnhem Land in Northern Territory of Australia do not understand the meaning of bail, consent, remand and charge.
"My colleague who did the research in the jails, talked about the term, guilty, to the inmates. When they found the meaning of the term, they realised that they were convicted for crimes they had not committed,"says linguist Richard Trudgen, one of the report's authors. He talked of another serious problem: "Many interpreters who help the Yolngu people deal with legal terms do not know their language well enough."