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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

'Managing Your Own Business' webinar slides; click here

Many have asked for the slides from this December 2020 webinar on how to be more successful . . .
Published:21 January 2022
Topic: General News
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Click here for the press release regarding the call for an independent review of the existing qualifications and standards, and the requirements, . . .

The National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI) welcomes Lord Wolfson’s (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice at the Ministry of Justice) announcement that he will be commissioning a full independent review . . .
Published:14 January 2022
Topic: General News
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Click here to see latest offerings for CPD from ISL

List of CPD opportunities . . .
Published:4 January 2022
Topic: General News
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Eulita is organizing an online seminar on 13 December 2021 at 3 pm CET reviewing how a court in Sweden led the way to higher standards in court . . .

Judge Påle Bartes will speak Swedish; interpretation will be provided into English. Send an e-mail to: info@eulita.eu for more details. Registration will be closed on 10 December 2021 . . .
Published:8 December 2021
Topic: CPD Events
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Click here to explore CPD opportunities offered by ISL

A range of CPD sessions planned by ISL for December . . .
Published:1 December 2021
Topic: CPD Events
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The next NRPSI Town Hall Zoom call will take place on Tuesday 30th November from 5pm.

A great many of you have already signed up for this event. If you wish to take part and have yet to secure your place, please let us know by midday Monday 29th November by emailing mike@nrpsi.org.uk . . .
Published:29 November 2021
Topic: General News
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Click here to see MoJ confirms the number of engagements by each of the three tiers for which HMCTS has engaged individuals to conduct spoken word . . .

These tier reviews (‘Complex-Written’ / ‘Complex’ / ‘Standard’) are for the calendar years of 2017, 2018 and 2019, and 2020 . . .
Published:26 November 2021
Topic: General News
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Find out about the Ministry of Justice position regarding DBS by clicking here

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to write to mike@nrpsi.org.uk . . .
Published:26 November 2021
Topic: General News
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Click here for the announcement from the Ministry of Justice regarding concerns about tbw's Indian call centre

Please write to mike@nrpsi.org.uk if you have any further questions regarding concerns about this issue and we will ensure they are raised with the MoJ . . .
Published:26 November 2021
Topic: General News
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