Tory minister admits new court interpreter system is 'unacceptable'

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  • They were supposed to have improved things last week, but it is just getting worse.
    How many more excuses? Applied Language Solutions simply cannot deliver what they have promised. The contract is flawed. Rather than working with ALS, the MOJ should start talking to the interpreters and work out a way forward, without this ridculous and costly framework agreement.

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  • Could you please remember to say that we NRPSI interpreters are refusing to take those "short notice" bookings that the MoJ has back pedalled to.

    Many thanks.

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  • MOJ (Ministry of Justice) has brought MOJ (misery of justice) with its FWA with ALS in the whole CJS ( Criminal Justice System)
    One can say ALAS MOJ..
    Please abolish the whole thing and go back to normal as it was up till 30 January..

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  • I know two people at least who have taken work from ALS. One has no qalifications, however he took part in the ALS assessment and was placed in the lowest tier i.e. tier 3. This means that he must not be used during trials, statement taking and even police interviews. However, all the jobs he has accepted so far have been in the tier 1 category. Completely unacceptable.

    A second friend took a few minutes in December to create a profile on ALS website and found out shortly that he had been placed tier 2. He was unaware of it until he started receiving calls from ALS offering him tier 1 jobs. This person has never been assessed by ALS. All he has done is that he has created a profile on ALS website which anybody can do. ALS does not have his proof of eligiblity to work in this country and doesn't know whether he is security cleared to work in the CJS. ALS doesn't even know if this person really exists with this name. All they have is his phone number and yet he is being called and offered tier 1 jobs.

    I have written to the MoJ about both incidents and nothing has been done. The person who has been placed in tier 2 without his knowledge has posted his story on RPSI Language Lounge whereby he was sent to a police station for a tier 1 job and was asked to interpret in a language that he was not even fluent in.

    ALS is treating everyone like fools and it beggars belief that MoJ doesn't see or understand it. They are making fun of the criminal justice system in this country, and yet our MoJ appears to be protecting them. It is very very sad.

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  • I hope the professional interpreters treated so disgracefully by MoJ and the shysters at ALS raise their rates on the MoJ when this new system keels over. Make the xxxxxxs pay for debasing a highly skilled job.
    I also hope the key parties on both sides, MoJ and ALS, are held criminally responsible for the damage they have caused.

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  • Crispin Blunt yesterday had the temerity to blame greedy interpreters for not wanting to give up "their six figure salaries"! This from the man who trousers 2 grand a month for 8 hours extra-parliamentary work or a whopping £250 an hour, over 8 times the hourly rate of a court interpreter, or 17 times if we accept the ALS rate.

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  • To get a 6 figure salary you need to earn £274 every day of the year. I have never earned £200 for a single day.

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