Interpreters within the Criminal Justice System


On 01 February 2012 the system for instructing interpreters within the Criminal Justice System changed and instead of the Court Service employing freelance interpreters directly, all requests are  now to be made to Applied Language Solutions (ALS).

ALS have been awarded the government contract to provide a ‘one stop’ service for interpreting and translating.  The expectation being that this centralised service will save £18 million per year.

The initial reviews of this new system seem to question whether this cost saving will be as cost effective as the government hope.

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