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Poor interpretation services will lead to miscarriages of justice

The decision to outsource interpreting 
services to a single provider which is both commercial agent and regulator continues 
to present threats to the administration of justice, says Jessica Myint Thinn

14 January 2013

The decision taken by the Ministry of Justice in February ?2012 to outsource its court interpreting services to a sole contractor, Applied Language Solutions (ALS), using the new Framework Agreement (FWA) remains a concern. Almost a year down the line initial concerns have escalated as the service supplied by ALS under the FWA has continually failed to provide the quality interpreting services required.

Previously interpreters used in court cases had to be registered with the National Register for Public Service Interpreters (NPRSI) – which involves fulfilling rigorous entry criteria with regards to qualifications and experience, and committing to professional standards by signing its Code of Conduct. This is no longer the ?case under the new system.

Disruption and delay

The FWA divides interpreters into three tiers. While NRPSI registered interpr...

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