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Interpreter change causes chaos in court

With the government aiming to reduce spend and save £18m per year on court interpreting services, new arrangements have been put in place for the provision of interpreters. However, the BBC reports that these changes are proving costly and causing delays.

Some of the issues cited refer to interpreters failing to turn up, not speaking the right language or not interpreting accurately what was being said. A solicitor from a firm in Boston, Lincolnshire, reportedly said that his firm "would employ freelance interpreters using Legal Aid money if it was not satisfied with the standard of ALS interpreters", the company now responsible for providing the court interpreters.

He went on to add "Good interpreters save money as can speed things up, they are fully aware of the legal process, they know exactly what to do and what's expected of them and they just get things done".

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“I am a professional interpreter and translator and have been working for Peak since 2009. I am qualified with the Diploma in Public Services Interpreting and registered on the National Register of Public Service Interpreters. I work with the police, courts and health & social services as well as for private businesses. Peak are an exceptional agency in terms of offering me regular and suitable assignments and ensuring that I am fully briefed on each one. The service is first class.”


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