£1.6m a MONTH gets lost in translation during legal proceedings
PEOPLE unable to speak English in legal proceedings cost £1.6million every month.
There are 160,000 requests for translations – including for rare languages such as Zulu – at hearings every year.
Romanian and Russian were also commonly needed with occasional requests for Jamaican patois and Mongolian.
In 2015, £23,000 was spent turning 591 report pages into Slovenian.
Leeds-based The Big World now provides court translators on a four-year government contract.