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Disciplinary Outcomes

Here you will find a regularly updated list of the outcomes of all cases considered by the Professional Conduct and the Disciplinary Committees (following a change in publications policy with effect from 1st July 2014).

  • Disciplinary Outcomes
  • 2018 (13)
  • 2017 (12)
  • 2016 (30)
  • 2015 (27)
  • 2014 (5)
  • 2013 (7)
  • 2012 (8)
  • 2011 (6)
11 November 2018
The Register received a complaint alleging that the Registrant had interpreted poorly the words of a witness in court, making the witness hard to understand, leading to the Registrant being dismissed from the case. 
Complaint was not upheld. 

The PCC found there was no realistic prospect of the DC finding that the Registrant had interpreted the words of the witness incompetently.

05 November 2018
The Register received a complaint alleging that the Registrant:
did not have adequate command of the language of either the interviewer or interviewee to undertake the assignment effectively
spoke over the victim, did not interpret faithfully, and spoke Bengali to the police officer and English to the victim
was falling asleep during the assignment
failed to engage fully with the investigations carried out by the Professional Conduct Committee
The Complaints were dismissed. 

The Registrant was given a warning that they must be mindful of the importance of dealing promptly and fully with NRPSI, their professional regulator, and respond fully and readily to all requests from NRPSI in the future.

The Registrant was also given an advice to be much more business-like in relation to their self-employment in future and to comply with the new GDPR and HMRC requirements in retention of paperwork.
02 November 2018
The Register received a complaint alleging that the Registrant:
had dinner with the clients without the Principal’s permission,
demonstrated an unhealthy familiarity with the clients 
did not intervene to ensure that the adequate conditions were provided during the assignment,
did not inform the Principal of their emotional difficulties experienced in carrying out the assignment.
The Complaints were dismissed. 

The Registrant was given an advice to consider undertaking CPD to assist them with dealing with highly charged emotional situations in future.
28 October 2018
The Register received a complaint alleging that the Registrant, who was asked by the Police to provide a transcript into English of film clips involving speakers of another language, submitted a poorly handwritten transcript of the film clips, including the Registrant’s own personal opinions on the clips, instead of a typewritten, impartial and signed transcript.  
Complaint was not referred. 

The Registrant received a warning, and was strongly advised not to undertake assignments where the production of typewritten documents was expected, until such time as he had undertaken training in the use of modern technology to produce documents of the standard which clients are entitled to expect.
17 September 2018
The Register received a complaint alleging that the Registrant breached clauses 4.1, 5.4 and 5.10 of the NRPSI Code of Professional Conduct. 
The PCC considered the complaint received and, after careful consideration, has decided to take no further action in relation to any alleged breach of clauses 4.1, 5.4 and 5.10 of the NRPSI Code of Professional Conduct.

The Complaint was not referred.

The PCC advised the Registrant to reflect upon the issues this complaint raised and to ensure that these considerations were positively reflected in the Registrant’s future practice
28 August 2018
The Registrar received a complaint alleging that the Registrant failed to attend an assignment, did not notify the client that she could not attend, failed to give the real reasons for her not attending and attempted to deceive the complainant by providing false correspondence.
The Complaints were proven. 

Ms Magdalena Szwarckopf of West Yorkshire (Reg. no 15046), was found to be in breach of clauses 3.1, 3.2, 4.7 and 4.8 of the Code of Conduct by the Disciplinary Committee. The Registrant was expelled for a period of six months.
27 June 2018
The Registrar received evidence that the Registrant had committed a serious breach of professional confidentiality.
The Registrant was found to be in breach of clauses 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.13 and 4.3 of the Code of Conduct by the Disciplinary Committee and was ordered to be suspended from the Register for a period of three months, with immediate effect.
25 June 2018
The Register received a complaint alleging that the Registrant failed to attend two assignments and was fifteen minutes late for another assignment.
The complaint was not referred. The PCC found that, whilst there was a realistic prospect that the DC would find the Registrant to be in breach of clauses 4.7 and 4.8 of the Code of Conduct, the matter was not serious enough to warrant a referral to the DC. The Registrant was strongly advised of his responsibility to attend assignments on the time and date agreed with a Principal.
12 April 2018
The Register received a complaint alleging that the Registrant intervened in Court to offer alternative interpretations to that provided by the Court interpreter.
The complaint was not referred to the DC, as there was insufficient evidence that the alternative interpretations offered by the Registrant had not been at the request of the Court.
27 March 2018
The Register received a complaint alleging that the Registrant had cancelled an afternoon assignment at short notice after a morning Police assignment had overrun. 
The complaint was not referred to the DC. The PCC issued a warning to the Registrant, who was strongly advised to plan for the possibility of Court and Police assignments overrunning.
04 March 2018
The Register received a complaint alleging that the Registrant had cancelled an afternoon assignment at short notice after a morning Court assignment had overrun. 
The complaint was not referred to the DC. The PCC issued a warning to the Registrant, who was strongly advised to allow for the possibility of overruns before accepting other assignments which could be affected.
03 February 2018
The Register received notification from a Registrant that they had received a relevant criminal conviction for dishonesty. 
The Registrant was found to be in breach of clauses 3.1 and 3.2 of the Code of Conduct by the Disciplinary Committee and was suspended for a period of 9 months.
06 January 2018
The Register received complaints alleging that the Registrant had accepted assignments in a language other than those which he was registered for, and that furthermore the Registrant had invented the rare language for which he was on the Register. 
The complaint was not referred to the Disciplinary Committee.  The PCC found that there was no realistic prospect of the DC finding that the Registrant had accepted assignments for languages other than those which he was registered for, and that the recognition of languages or dialects by NRPSI for registration was not a matter for the disciplinary procedure.
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