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Can You Hear Us? Interpreters and Detainee Welfare in Immigration Removal Centres

The United Kingdom has one of the largest immigration detention estates in Europe. While detention is punitive in nature, the measure itself is administrative and not criminal, for the non-offence … Continue reading

September 23, 2018 · 3 Comments

A Breakdown in Communication: Court Interpreting Privatisation

Almost seven years have passed since the privatisation of the provision of foreign language and deaf and hearing impaired court interpreting services across England and Wales. On the premise of … Continue reading

July 9, 2018 · 1 Comment

Who Benefits from the Privatisation of Public Sector Interpreting? Part III

The ability to speak more than one language competently is not unusual in many parts of the world. This, however, does not eliminate the need for professional linguists. Interpreters, usually … Continue reading

October 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Big is Better: Court Interpreting Privatisation 2.0

As the current Ministry of Justice Framework Agreement for court interpreting services in England and Wales comes to an end, a reflection on the current situation and the new framework … Continue reading

August 24, 2016 · 10 Comments

Interpreters and Detainee Welfare in Immigration Removal Centres (II)

An inability to communicate in English is not a prerequisite for immigration detention: in January 2016, a US Shakespeare scholar was held at Morton Hall IRC for 10 days following … Continue reading

March 11, 2016 · 6 Comments

Interpreters and Detainee Welfare in Immigration Removal Centres (I)

On any given day of the year, around 3000 foreign national men, women and children are locked up in immigration detention facilities across the UK. In spite of the punitive … Continue reading

March 9, 2016 · 5 Comments

The Wrong Way to Interpret Justice

The right to know the case against you, in a language you understand, as part of fair trial proceedings is enshrined in the English common law and guaranteed under Article … Continue reading

January 29, 2016 · 5 Comments