Courts: Interpreters:Written question - HL7734

Q
Asked on: 18 April 2016
Ministry of Justice
Courts: Interpreters
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many court cases have had to be rescheduled in each of the last five years because of problems with the interpreting or translating services required; and what was the additional cost incurred in each year as a result of such rescheduling.
A
Answered by: Lord Faulks
Answered on: 03 May 2016

Information on the number of trials listed in the criminal courts which were adjourned (ineffective) due to interpreter availability is published in Criminal Court Statistics; the relevant extract is set out below.

Crown Courts

Magistrates’ Courts

Year

Number of trials

Adjourned due to interpreter availability

% of trials adjourned due to interpreter availability

Number of trials

Adjourned due to interpreter availability

% of trials adjourned due to interpreter availability

2011

41,412

17

0.0%

166,808

327

0.2%

2012

38,432

34

0.1%

156,671

608

0.4%

2013

33,669

37

0.1%

155,087

591

0.4%

2014

35,974

26

0.1%

158,984

524

0.3%

2015

39,036

23

0.1%

162,668

474

0.3%

Associated costs for rescheduling such cases are not recorded.

The department continues to monitor the language services contract closely and work with the supplier to further drive improvements and reduce the cost on the taxpayer.

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