24 May 2012
Statistics on the use of language services in courts and tribunals
Initial bulletin, 30 January 2012 to 30 April 2012
The report is released by the Ministry of Justice and produced in accordance with arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.
The data presented in this bulletin are for face-to-face language services provided to HM Courts and Tribunals Service made and completed between the start of the national language services framework on 30 January 2012 and 30 April 2012. Request made before 30 January were part of the pilot phase, and are not reported here. Requests are made in advance and may be subject to adjournment, delays or cancellation.
Number of requests for language services
Between 30 January 2012 and 30 April 2012 there were 26,059 requests for language services covering 142 different languages.
The majority of these, 53% involved criminal cases, 39% were for tribunal cases, and the remaining 8% for civil or family cases.
The Courts and Tribunal Service cancelled or failed to attend 11% of requests.
Of the remaining 23,234 request, the contractor Applied Language Solutions were able to fulfil 18,719 or 81% of the assignments.
However, presenting a single quarterly figure hides a very marked trend over the three months of increasing success rates for requests for translators. In February, the success rate was 65%, increasing to 82% in March and 90% in April.
Four languages: Polish, Romanian, Urdu and Lithuanian account for more than a third of all language requests received. However, the pattern different in courts (where Polish was the most frequently requested language with 3,152 requests) compared to tribunals (where Urdu was the most frequently requested language with1,080 requests).
For the 20 most requested languages, the success rates vary from 58% to 95%. The lowest success rates are for Latvian, Lithuanian and Vietnamese at courts and Tamil at tribunals.