Monday, 10 February 2014

PQ - 10 February 2014

10 February 2014
Courts: Translation Services

Sadiq Khan (Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice; Tooting, Labour) 
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many court cases were delayed as a result of a lack of an interpreter or translator in each month since the court interpreter contract started.

Shailesh Vara (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice; North West Cambridgeshire, Conservative)
The contract with Capita-TI was introduced in criminal courts in the north-west in December 2011 and was implemented across the rest of Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service on 30 January 2012. Figures are not available for the number of court cases delayed a result of problems with interpreters. The Ministry of Justice does, however, publish statistics on the number of criminal trials that were ineffective and the reasons for that. These are available at:
We have seen dramatic improvements over the life of the contract so far, record numbers of bookings are now being made and fulfilment rates are regularly achieving 95%. Complaint levels are very low and we continue to drive further improvement. The interpreting contract was introduced to tackle the inefficiencies and inconsistencies in the previous system and it has already saved taxpayers £15 million in its first year.

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