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Interpreters

Every interpreter working in the courts and police stations should be selected through the Ministry of Justice Framework Agreement or from the National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI).

The police will arrange for an interpreter when interviewing suspects (or witnesses) who have difficulty in speaking and understanding English. For detainee interviews in custody, a registered interpreter who is vetted to the "police clearance" standard on the NRPSI site will be contacted to provide this service.

The police will also use "language line solutions" to provide initial  telephone interpreting for any non English speaking detainee. This allows a detainee to be booked into custody and to receive all their Rights and Entitlements without delay.

In a case involving a deaf person, interpreters should be selected through the MoJ Framework Agreement or from the Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People (CACDP) National Directory of Sign Language Interpreters.

A detainee who requires an interpreter for interview must not be questioned unless exceptional circumstances apply and with the authority of a senior officer.

Get involved and join the National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI)

Get involved and join the Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People (CACDP) National Directory of Sign Language Interpreters