Introduction

This step-by-step guide has information for people who may need to organise an interpreter for another person who can't communicate in English.

You should consider whether the person can understand the full range of the English language - including at speed and technical terms in the relevant situation such as court, police interview and negotiations.

You should also consider whether your client can communicate as well as the average native speaker of English in the relevant situation.

Assessing a person's language skills can be hard and is normally conducted by trained linguists.

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Last updated: 27 June 2017