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)
Secure value for money
In 2013, when legal aid rates for experts were introduced, the hourly rate for interpretation was reduced and instead of a standard minimum fee, interpreters were only allowed to claim for the duration of an assignment. Higher rates and minimum fees were still allowed in exceptional circumstances, but only if the principle of “value for money” was met.
Because of those changes, solicitors are now required to get at least three competitive quotes every time they need to use the services of an expert whose rates are higher than those set out in the Guidance on the Remuneration of Expert Witnesses.
To help you save time and money, we have created a free online platform where you can find qualified translators and interpreters, compare price estimates, receive multiple legal aid quotes and book interpreters without paying any agency fees.
You can contact legal aid interpreters directly, or submit a request and find, confirm and secure the best value automatically in three easy steps, in less than a minute.
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.