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Report published on enhancing the provision of interpreting in the Scottish criminal justice system

A Skills for Justice report on enhancing the professionalsim of the provision of interpreting in the Scottish criminal justice sector was published today. The report was commissioned by the Working Group on Interpreting and Translation (WGIT) whose members include the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.  The publication reports on the key findings of a scoping exercise to review and evaluate current interpreting provision, standards, qualification, training and service contracts.

 Skills for Justice publishing statement:

Effective provision of Interpreting and translation services across the criminal justice sector in Scotland has long been accepted as an essential element in ensuring the fairness of criminal proceedings. The Working Group on Interpreting and Translation (WGIT), whose members are drawn from criminal justice partners namely, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, Scottish Court Service, Police Scotland, Scottish Government, the Scottish Legal Aid Board and the Law Society of Scotland, aims to establish the highest possible standards of interpreting and translation services across the Scottish Criminal Justice arena.  In addition, it works to enable compliance with the requirements of the EU Directive 2010/64.

Skills for Justice was commissioned by the WGIT to support a project relating to enhancing the professionalism of the provision of interpreting in the Scottish Criminal Justice sector. The work undertaken involved a scoping exercise to review and evaluate current provision, standards, qualifications/training, criteria and service contracts.

In April 2013, Skills for Justice presented the final draft of its report of Key Findings of the scoping exercise to the WGIT. Having considered the full report and its associated recommendations, it is the assessment of the WGIT that it meets with the specification requirements of the initial commission as laid out by members of the WGIT.

Going forward

The WGIT welcomes the content of the report and will examine the recommendations as laid out in the report and seek to identify means by which these can be taken forward.

Conclusion

The Working Group on Interpreting and Translation will continue to review interpreting and translation provision arrangements within the Criminal Justice arena across Scotland. Further developments within the EU may identify other areas for change and these may be driven by the enactment of additional legislation.  The focus shall be on building on the processes under which we currently operate to further enhance service provision and our ability to meet the requirements of the Directive.