What is the impact of having to speak through an interpreter at a hearing?

Canada (Federal), Canada

The following excerpt is from Kosta v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration), 2005 FC 994 (CanLII):

The Applicants also argue that their age, lack of sophistication and the fact that they are speaking through an interpreter should have been taken into account in evaluating their testimony. (Owusu-Ansah v. Canada (Minister of Employment and Immigration), (1989), 8 Imm. L.R. (2d) 106 (FCA))

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