Court Interpreting Service Misses Target

Capita – the company running the court interpreting service in England and Wales – has missed its target in its first year of service.  Since Capita took over the contract in January 2012, it has failed to meet its aim of fulfilling 98% of interpreter requests. During the past 12 months, there were also over 6000 complaints and more than 600 court trials had to be dropped due to a lack of interpreters, according to figures released by the Ministry of Justice.

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A Change In the Provision Of Court Interpreters Causes Trouble In UK Courts

Interpreting in court is a highly specialised and challenging job. However, the cost of court interpreting can be expensive which is why the UK government is hoping to save money by changing the way court interpreters are provided for court hearings. Courts in England and Wales used to use interpreters who were registered on the National Register, a register of professional and qualified interpreters. The new system, uses interpreters via an agency called Applied Language Solutions (ALS) who claim to be able to cut the cost of court interpreting, by a third.

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