Criminal Proceedings: Translation Services
Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 30th October 2019.
Yasmin Qureshi Shadow Minister (Justice)
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases have been adjourned due to a lack of translation or interpreting services in each week since the start of 2019 in all criminal courts.
Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice
The Ministry does not hold weekly statistical figures for the information requested.
However, central information does exist on the number of trials listed in the criminal courts which were adjourned as a result of interpreters being unavailable in quarterly figures. This data is published in Criminal Court Statistics, “Trial effectiveness at the criminal courts tool”.
Latest published statistics are available to June 2019. Data covering the period July-September 2019 is provisionally due for publication December 2019.
Our most recent statistics show the total number of language service requests are at their highest level since the new contract was introduced in 2016 and the vast majority of these were fulfilled.