Courts: Coronavirus

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 18th June 2020.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many court hearings held remotely since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic have (1) included the virtual presence of an interpreter, and (2) been rescheduled because an interpreter was needed but not available. [T]

Photo of Lord Keen of Elie Lord Keen of Elie The Advocate-General for Scotland, Lords Spokesperson (Ministry of Justice)

Information on how many hearings held remotely since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic for spoken and non-spoken interpretation is provided below. The difference in start dates reflect the fact that thebigword’s system did not start recording any remote bookings until 30th March. We expect that very few took place before this date.

Dates

Number of telephone interpreting hearings

Number of video remote interpreting hearings

thebigword – spoken interpretation

30.3.2020 – 12.6.2020

2769

1470

Clarion uk – Non- spoken interpretation

23.3.2020 – 12.6.2020

N/A

288

The Ministry of Justice does not collect data on all hearings that have been rescheduled because an interpreter was unavailable. HMCTS performance data, including ineffective trial rates due to interpreter availability, is currently not available for this period.

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