London, UK (The Times): The justice system is grinding to a halt because since January registered workers refuse to work under new conditions Angry court interpreters are planning to hold a demonstration outside the Ministry of Justice today as courts across the country grind to a halt because most registered interpreters have been refusing to work since January. The move has been prompted by new arrangements for engaging them, introduced by the Government in an effort to save £18 million per year. The courts used to book interpreters directly, choosing them from the National Register of Public Service Interpreters. Under the new system all are meant to be booked through a single agency, Applied Language Solutions (“ALS”), an Oldham based company recently acquired by the outsourcing giant Capita.
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