Legal Aid Translation Interpreting Services

Legal aid translation and interpreting services are provided by independent translators and interpreters, qualified to the required level, to legal firms right across the UK.

When translators and interpreters register with Linguist Directory, they submit their legal aid rates (the rates they use for cases funded through the legal aid scheme). With their permission, we use those rates to calculate legal aid price estimates.

Secure value for money when booking legal aid interpreters or justify higher rates and minimum charges when applying for prior authority.

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Legal aid interpreters can be divided into three groups according to their rates.

  • Group 1: Interpreters who use the rates set by the Legal Aid Agency without any minimum charges.
  • Group 2: Interpreters who use the rates set by the Legal Aid Agency with minimum charges (e.g. 3 hours minimum).
  • Group 3: Interpreters who use other rates than those set by the Legal Aid Agency.

The Legal Aid Agency accepts, that in some cases, it may be necessary to instruct language experts who charge minimum fees or use other rates than those set out in their Guidance on the Remuneration of Expert Witnesses.

To help you save time, we have built a free online calculator. You can use it to calculate multiple price estimates and display them according to their overall price or generate full legal aid quotes to prove scarcity of resource and value for money when applying for prior authority.

Now, you can easily choose your linguists and contact them directly to secure the best value for money.


The fees charged by interpreters can vary dependent on the language spoken and, in general, the fees charged for translation and interpreting services in more obscure languages are higher than in more common languages. In a legal aid case, just as in a privately funded case, a solicitor should aim to secure value for money when instructing any third party. This may, sometimes, involve obtaining competitive quotes where it is possible to do so.
(Legal Aid Agency – Para 7.8 (6) Criminal Bills Assessment Manual)

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