Interpreters to UK Tribunals + CJS
===== Thank you all. The list of signatures was handed to the Min. of Justice, London on 15th March 2012 =====
We, the Interpreters working for the UK Tribunals Service and Criminal Justice System (CJS), hereby confirm our dismay and strong opposition to the Min of Justice outsourcing project for the provision of interpreting and translation services. We hold that any outsourcing of these services will have not only a detrimental effect on our livelihoods as a result of the demeaning terms offered by the agencies but will undoubtedly threaten the delivery of Justice - one of foundations of British Democracy. Interpreters are an integral part of the judicial system and a crucial tool in the delivery of Justice. Over the years, Court, Tribunal and Police interpreters have shown total dedication and professionalism in being part of that process. We object to our data being transferred to the preferred supplier ALS/Capita and refuse to work for that supplier. We reiterate our commitment to continue working directly for the CJS and Tribunals under the previous terms and conditions. We urge the MoJ to engage the interpreters and their representative bodies in a meaningful consultation to achieve the costs savings they seek. We urge the Judiciary and the legal profession as a whole to support the CJS and Tribunal interpreters. Failure to do so will have catastrophic consequences on a fair and just delivery of Justice. Signed by interpreters and their supporters.