Court documents often have complex linguistic features that cause communication challenges for the lay audience, and this is where forensic linguistics comes in.
This was pointed out by Dr. Tatiana Tkacukova, a Senior Lecturer in English Language at Birmingham City University, in the United Kingdom, during the webinar on forensic linguistics held on December 10, 2020 via Zoom. The speaker is a Senior Lecturer in English Language at Birmingham City University, in the United Kingdom.
Tkacukova, who discussed ‘The Journey into CivilFamily and Family Courts: Access to Justice and Forensic Linguistics,’ provided an overview of the research gaps in language and law, civil and family court procedures, and the role of forensic linguists in accessing legal information and justice. Furthermore, she shared that forensic linguists serve an essential role in accessing legal information for the law is constructed and interpreted through language. The webinar, which was the fifth that the UST Department of English held on forensic linguistics for the current academic year, was moderated by Department of English Chair Dr. Rachelle B. Lintao.