Thursday, 18 June 2020

PQ: 18th June 2020



Courts: Coronavirus
Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 18th June 2020.

Baroness Coussins Crossbench
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many court hearings held remotely since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic have (1) included the virtual presence of an interpreter, and (2) been rescheduled because an interpreter was needed but not available. [T]

Lord Keen of Elie The Advocate-General for Scotland, Lords Spokesperson (Ministry of Justice)
Information on how many hearings held remotely since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic for spoken and non-spoken interpretation is provided below. The difference in start dates reflect the fact that thebigword’s system did not start recording any remote bookings until 30th March. We expect that very few took place before this date.


Dates
Number of telephone interpreting hearings
Number of video remote interpreting hearings
thebigword – spoken interpretation
30.3.2020 – 12.6.2020
2769
1470
Clarion uk – Non- spoken interpretation
23.3.2020 – 12.6.2020
N/A
288
The Ministry of Justice does not collect data on all hearings that have been rescheduled because an interpreter was unavailable. HMCTS performance data, including ineffective trial rates due to interpreter availability, is currently not available for this period.

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