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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

Read the latest HMCTS Organisational COVID-19 Risk assessment by clicking here

After detailed work across the organisation, which is being updated regularly, HMCTS management has identified the COVID-19 related risks in workplaces, outlining measures to mitigate and control risks . . .
Published:16 July 2021
Topic: General News
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You will find the latest NRPSI article appearing in the most recent edition of The Bulletin, ITI's journal, here; click for a short but informative . . .

'Regulation, reputation, recognition' - call for greater professionalism in public service interpreting . . .
Published:13 July 2021
Topic: General News
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Click here to find out more about this seminar on Saturday 3rd July starting at 10:30am - ''How to Use an Interpreter'. Delivered by Phil MURIEL (MCIL . . .

This will help people to work efficiently through an interpreter to ensure they do not miss out on any valuable information; useful for interpreters to go along too – so you are fully informed . . .
Published:25 June 2021
Topic: General News
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Help a PhD student with answers to some questions which you can find clicking here

Alice Richardson needs your help; it will not take you long to review and answer her questions . . .
Published:24 June 2021
Topic: General News
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Latest update from PAIT

Please see the latest information from PAIT . . .
Published:14 June 2021
Topic: General News
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Apsana Begum, MP, asked follow up questions regarding HMCTS language services provision on 12th May 2021. Chris Philp, MP, and Parliamentary . . .

For the full answers click here and explore more detail about MoJ public service interpreting . . .
Published:25 May 2021
Topic: General News
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Please read the letter dated 4th May 2021 from Lord (David) Wolfson, QC, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, to Jess Phillips, MP . . .

He outlines details of the co-created MoJ, ISL justice system-specific training course as well as other issues regarding details of HMCTS' language services provision . . .
Published:25 May 2021
Topic: General News
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Latest Update from the MoJ on Off Contract Invoicing

Click here to find out the latest advice from HMCTS . . .
Published:24 May 2021
Topic: General News
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