Tuesday, 24 April 2018

PQ: 24 April 2018

Administration of Justice: Northern Ireland
Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 24th April 2018.

Nigel Dodds Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Reform and Constitutional Issues), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Brexit), DUP Westminster Leader
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has received representations on the level of availability of interpreters willing to travel for judicial proceedings in Northern Ireland; and if he will take steps to ensure the provision of interpreters from England and Wales for such proceedings in Northern Ireland.

Lucy Frazer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice
The provision of services required to support the administration of justice to the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service (NICTS), is a matter for the Northern Ireland Department of Justice. The Ministry of Justice has robust language service arrangements in place to support Northern Ireland sittings of the First Tier Tribunal (Immigration & Asylum Chamber) and the Upper Tribunal tribunals, which covers the whole of the United Kingdom.
Where requested to do so, my officials will share the Ministry of Justice register of available interpreters with their NICTS counterparts, to support the wider administration of the Northern Ireland justice system.

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