About the Video

Drugs and drug-related offences terminology 1: Possession

This is a first part of a series for those who want to learn about or brush up their legal terminology in relation to drugs and drug-related offences

Many sources* say drug-related crime is on the rise and in the EU, the retail market for illegal drugs is worth about £18 billion. This unfortunate circumstance gives birth to a plethora of legal paperwork and court cases which need well-prepared language professionals such as yourself.

There are pitfalls, however, as the drug-related terminology is full of ever-changing jargon as well as specialised legal terms. Get your wording wrong and not only your client gets it wrong, your ability to get more work can be damaged as well.

Luckily, Sue Leschen is here to help! She explains drugs and drug crime in two comprehensive sessions: one about supply and one about possession.

You can enjoy these sessions independently from one another, or both – it’s up to you. Each video costs £25 but if you purchase both, a discount of £10 will apply. Just type    DROFDUO   into the checkout before making payment.

See here and here for some examples.

  • Category A, B and C drugs
  • Cocaine, heroin, cannabis
  • Offences of possession: for own use?
  • Medicinal uses of illegal drugs?
  • Illegal use of prescription drugs
  • Penalties
  • Paraphernalia, gear – the language of addicts

You can find the second part of the series, Legal terminology in UK civil court documents, here.

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  • Each video costs £25 but if you purchase both, a discount of £10 will apply. Just type    DROFDUO   into the checkout before making payment.
  • CIOL membership discount: 10% (the code is available on the membership page)


Sue Leschen

Sue is a lawyer-linguist and also the Director of Avocate, a niche market legal and commercial French interpreting and translation company in Manchester, UK. Sue is a hands-on interpreter and has been interpreting in courts and tribunals since 2002.

She is also an independent legal terminology trainer and a one to one mentor and business guru for language professionals.

Sue sits on the Professional Conduct Committees of NRPSI, NRCPD, and RBSLI and is also a member of CIOL’s Council, CIOL’s Interpreting Division and also CIOL’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committees.


1 hour 26 min

Who should watch it?

Both new and established linguists and interpreters wishing to learn more about drug-related offences and its terminology.

What are the benefits to you?

This video will increase your awareness of issues relating to drug-related jargon and legal offences terminology in courts.

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