Public service interpreters working in the NHS and justice sectors are alarmed by the recent prediction of the lord chief justice that they would soon be out of a job, replaced by machine translation.
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what safeguards his Department has in place to ensure that contracted interpreters for courts and tribunals are appropriately qualified and competent in the use of (a) the foreign language they are translating into English, (b) the English language, (c) English law and (d) English and Welsh judiciary's legal terms; and what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of those safeguards.
The lord chief justice has been invited to meet the courtroom interpreters he predicts will be out of a job 'within a few years' as a result of advances in technology. However, the Institute of Translation and Interpreting says Burnett's prediction is based on unproven assumptions.
Pauline McNeill (Glasgow) (Lab):
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on recent changes to the terms and conditions of interpreters used by the courts service.
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