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Legal Aid Agency guidance on interpreters at court clarified

The Legal Aid Agency has revised its Guidance on Remuneration of Expert Witnessnes to clarify payments for legally aided interpreters at court.

Para 6.29 has been amended and now states:

"The HMCTS position on interpreters is set out in their guidance. Where a client is eligible for legal aid and requires an interpreter then their solicitor will secure an interpreter on their behalf. The interpreter will be available at the court to translate what the solicitor and client say to each other. This will usually involve discussions outside of the court room. It may be appropriate for the legally aided interpreter to be in court during the hearing, e.g. a solicitor want to give instructions to their client in court or to discuss issues that have been raised in court at any point during the hearing. Attendance and waiting at a hearing can be claimed at the codified rate for interpreters."

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