7 January 2013
Sadiq Khan (Tooting, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many court cases have collapsed as a result of an absence of a suitable interpreter or translator since the beginning of his Department's contract with Applied Language Solutions.
Helen Grant (Maidstone and The Weald, Conservative)
The reasons for court case adjournments are not recorded as a matter of course. It is not possible to identify which adjournments are due to a lack of interpreter.
Ineffective trials in magistrates and Crown courts do record the reason for being ineffective, although this does not mean that the case collapses as it will be re-listed. Ineffective trials are those that do not start on the due date and require rescheduling.
The contract on language services has been operational since 30 January 2012. Data on ineffective trials were included in the court statistics for the first and second quarters of 2012. There were 345 magistrates court and 17 Crown court trials which were ineffective due to interpreter availability, out of over 100,000 listed trials across England and Wales.