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National Register of Public Service Interpreters

NRPSI is the UK’s independent voluntary regulator of professional interpreters specialising in public service. We maintain a public register of professional, qualified and accountable interpreters. The National Register is free of charge to access and searchable online.

The need for defendants in court to be able to understand the proceedings, using an interpreter if necessary, was identified in the landmark R v Iqbal Begum Court of Appeal ruling which stated:

‘It is beyond the understanding of this court that it did not occur to someone that the reason for her [the defendant's] silence....... was simply because she was not being spoken to in a language which she understood.’

As a result, the 1993 Runciman Royal Commission on Criminal Justice recommended that a national register of qualified interpreters should be established with the aim of ‘using only interpreters with proven competence and skills, who are governed by a nationally recognised code of conduct’. NRPSI was established in 1994.

Every interpreter on our Register has met the standards that we set for education, training and practice in public service. All Registrants are subject to the NRPSI Code of Professional Conduct and we investigate allegations of professional misconduct.

Even today, parts of the public services are unaware of the need to use qualified interpreters. From the Serious Case Review following the death of Daniel Pelka, aged 5, in September 2013:

‘Without proactive or consistent action by any professional to engage with him via an interpreter, then his lack of language and low confidence would likely have made it almost impossible for him to reveal the abuse he was suffering at home.’

Using the National Register to find an interpreter ensures that you not only employ a qualified professional practitioner but that the interpreter can be held accountable should their conduct or competence fall below the high standards expected of a Registered Public Service Interpreter (RPSI).

There are around 1,800 interpreters in 100 languages on the National Register covering the whole of the UK. It is a dynamic database, with Registrants' details constantly being updated and new Registrants added.


NRPSI is recruiting. Click here to find out about the Registration Officer role.

Registrants cannot take up this role but if you know of someone who is interested and you believe they could manage what is a demanding job then please pass this on to them. We look forward to employing the right person to look after you. . . .
Published:29 September 2021
Topic: General News
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A How to Use an Interpreter seminar will be held on Friday 29th October at 1PM; write to phil@somewhereelse.org.uk for more details . . .

Presented by Phil Muriel, who is an experienced and highly qualified interpreter and translator, holder of the Diploma in Translation (Law/Business), the DPSI in Law and the DPSI in Health. Phil is also an experienced lecturer and qualified tutor . . .
Published:27 September 2021
Topic: CPD Events
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Click here to see the next letter to be sent to MPs

Please copy, paste and send to your MP if you want to play your part in improving language service delivery by the MoJ . . .
Published:14 September 2021
Topic: General News
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Click here to see a summary of the issues NRPSI has been addressing with the MoJ's language services delivery

For any clarifications just write to mike@nrpsi.org.uk . . .
Published:23 August 2021
Topic: General News
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Click here to find the latest HMCTS 'Complaints Quick Guide for Language Professionals'

The MoJ states this guide sets out the complaint process and contact,s depending on the nature of your complaint. . . .
Published:15 August 2021
Topic: General News
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Application form for Lay members of the NRPSI disciplinary committees

Click here for an application form for Lay members of NRPSI disciplinary committees (PCC and DC). For further information on the role please see the relevant advertisement on our website. For an application form in the Word format please contact psd@nrpsi . . .
Published:11 August 2021
Topic: NRPSI News
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