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Court interpreting discussed on air

The controversy around court interpreting in England and Wales hit the headlines again last Thursday as a National Audit Office report revealed that CapitaTI had £46,319 in payments for court interpreting services withheld. 

The story was featured on BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine Show on 23 January, with live interviews with interpreter Yelena McCafferty MITI and solicitor Julian Young.

Julian (@TheLWA on Twitter) gave examples of his own experience of faulty interpreting, explaining that "the ability to interpret accurately is absolutely essential" to the justice system.

Yelena (@talkrussian_), a Qualified Member of ITI, spoke about the damning NAO Report which she said states that "Tier 3 interpreters with basic certificates [...] lower than A-levels [...] were engaged in 10% of all court jobs. [...] It is a very sad state of affairs."

Many contributors phoned, emailed and tweeted the show to recall their own experiences and register their support for interpreters and translators campaigning against the current situation.

The interpreters' campaign is being coordinated by Professional Interpreters for Justice, in which ITI plays a full role.

You can listen to the Jeremy Vine Show again until 30 January, by clicking this link. The item starts at 1 hour 8 minutes and 52 seconds into the recording. Alternatively, Yelena has provided a sound recording of the interview with her and Julian:

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