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Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s police and crime commissioner on Monday described the translation services used in the legal system as “crap”.

He said that the service used by Nottinghamshire Police only provides a translator on the phone, not in person, and that it was often impossible to get a service within a “sensible timeframe”.

The government outsourced legal interpreting services to a couple of privately-owned providers in what was seen largely as an attempt to cut costs. There have been many complaints about the quality of the service since. Users of legal interpreting services in the courts have noticed a reduction in availability of interpreters.

Interpreters are equally unhappy with the new system, which was widely seen as an attempt to cut costs, rather than provide accurate interpreting. Accutranslate continues to provide interpreters and translators of high quality and in person to solicitors and courts, though much of the work is now in the hands of those providers so roundly criticised by Paddy Tipping. read more about his views here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-26836144

Let us know your experience with the new system and providers, and if you need good legal translation and interpreting, give Accutranslate a call – we will come to you!