- Written by Crawley News
- Category: News
The Ministry of Justice has spent nearly £70,000 on translators at Crawley Magistrates' Court over the last five financial years.
They were used on a total of 716 occasions, at a combined cost of £68,923 and between them helped to translate court proceedings for defendants and witnesses into 39 different foreign languages.
More than a quarter of those jobs (183) involved interpreting English into Polish and back again.
The number of times proceddings have had to be translated into Polish has increased sharply in recent years.
In the 2012/13 financial year there were only three occasions where Polish translators were needed.
A year later that figure had jumped up to 28, before rocketing up to 65 in 2014/15 and there was another rise in 2015/16 to 68.
In April, May and June of this year there have been a further 19 court hearings at Crawley Magistrates' Court, on Woodfield Road in Northgate, that have involved a Polish translator.
The Ministry of Justice spent £19,458 on these 183 jobs over the five financial years.
The Government department has a language services contract with Capita-TI for the provision of all forms of face-to-face, telephone and written translation across the United Kingdom, including cases in Crawley.
- Written by Express and Echo
- Category: HMCTS Interpreting Reports
The case of a man who is accused of raping a woman on Cathedral Green in Exeter has been adjourned to he can be helped by a Italian interpreter.
Manuel Riscu, aged 42, had been due to appear at Exeter Crown Court accused of rape but the case was put off for two weeks because no Italian interpreter was present.
Mr Lee Bremridge, defending, said the language difficulties meant he had been unable to take any instructions from his client or hold any meaningful discussion.
Recorder Mr Andrew Maitland adjourned the case for two weeks and remanded Riscu in custody.
- Written by Law Society Gazette
- Category: News
The Leeds-headquartered international language services company set to take over from Capita to provide courtroom interpreting in October is looking to hire more than 3,500 language experts.