Deaf people pursue various professions, but can a deaf person be a lawyer or advocate? In this film, we'll meet Sarah Sunny, a deaf lawyer from India. The film is in Polish Sign Language (PJM) with subtitles in both Polish and English.
Sarah Sunny is a lawyer in India. Why are we talking about her? Because she is the first deaf lawyer in the country.
On September 22, 2023, Sarah Sunny appeared before the Supreme Court as a lawyer. She was assisted by an Indian Sign Language interpreter. The trial was held online. The judge acknowledged that deaf lawyers should have been allowed to work in the courts long ago. So, why weren’t there deaf lawyers or attorneys before? Primarily for two reasons:
The president of the Bar Council of India’s Supreme Court said something interesting:
“Even judges should have at least a basic understanding of sign language so that sign language interpreters do not intentionally or unintentionally mislead the court. Judges don’t have to be experts, but they should have a basic understanding.”
Sarah Sunny is deaf. She is actively involved in activities for the deaf and is a member of the Human Rights Law Network, where she contributes to the fight for justice and equal rights for all. Sarah Sunny emphasizes that everything she has achieved would not have been possible without sign language. She also admits that the opportunity to appear before the Supreme Court in India was a dream come true and hopes to inspire other talented deaf individuals.