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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 News

IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society; click here for more . . .

…and for more information, email infosessionsUK@iom.int or call +44 207 811 6002 . . .
Published:14 May 2021
Topic: General News
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Follow up questions for HMCTS to ensure greater transparency and a more secure platform for advocating change in language service provision in the . . .

Please pass on the questions to your MPs and ask them to send these to the Ministry of Justice . . .
Published:28 April 2021
Topic: General News
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Professional Interpreters for Justice (PI4J) is delighted to announce the launch of its new website PI4J.org.uk on 23 April 2021; click here to . . .

Assisting in its campaigning activities and providing updates, allowing interaction, this is a website which will be a valuable resource for all Registrants on the National Register . . .
Published:28 April 2021
Topic: General News
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Please take part in a quick 2 minute survey; NRPSI is gathering Information for immigration research to aid in lobbying the government . . .

We are aiming to uncover just how important immigration routes are for the future of public service interpreting and translating in the UK post Brexit . . .
Published:28 April 2021
Topic: General News
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Following MPs questions regarding HMCTS language service delivery, read the answers from Lord Wolfson of Tredegar, QC here, dated 30th March 2021 . . .

If you have comments or thoughts you would like to share pleaae write to mike@nrpsi.org.uk . . .
Published:28 April 2021
Topic: General News
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Read the comments about the Ministry of Justice's language service delivery from Chris Philp, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the . . .

If you have comments or thoughts you wish to share please write to mike@nrpsi.org.uk . . .
Published:28 April 2021
Topic: General News
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Would you like your community leaders, doctors, nurses, allied health specialists, court officials and others to take your professionalism . . .

Then copy this article and send to those who need to know - only professionally trained, qualified and highly experienced Registrants who are regulated by NRPSI ought to be involved in complex settings where effective interpreting is vital . . .
Published:27 April 2021
Topic: General News
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Click here to read answers from Chris Philp, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, to questions asked by Apsana . . .

. NRPSI is interested in your reaction to this latest information released by HMCTS about the ‘MoJ List’. Please email mike@nrpsi.org.uk with your comments regarding the MoJ . . .
Published:23 April 2021
Topic: General News
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For those of you who wrote to your MPs, who then received an answer from the Ministry of Justice which did not answer the questions, please find here a . . .

They can insist on specific answers, rather than bland statements of confidence in the language services provision at HMCTS. Please copy and paste this pro forma and send to your MP . . .
Published:24 March 2021
Topic: General News
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