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Interpreters and Translators

The Board has in place a contract for the supply of interpreter services for all offices excluding Criminal Legal Aid Approval for an interpreter at advice stage must be sought by way of submission for authority. If approval is granted the interpreter must be engaged from the company that currently has the contract for the supply of interpreter services for the time being. Legal Services may refuse to pay for an interpreter that has been engaged without authority. In certain circumstances, Legal Services may grant authority to use an alternative company where it is not possible to use the contractor. Interpreter attendance forms must be completed in respect of both law centre and asylum clients.

The Board does not fund travelling expenses for interpreters, unless an interpreter is requested to travel a particular distance due to the lack of interpreters in a location, and in this case the cost of travelling must be authorised in advance by the Board. Interpreter services can also be provided over the phone. In relation to seeking travel approval for clients whose cases do not relate to asylum matters the contractor should email the request for travelling expenses to legalservices&support@legalaidboard.ie with the law centre name in the subject line so that the relevant staff can consider the request and respond by email, copying the relevant law centre staff member. The contractor should respond directly to the law centre confirming whether or not an interpreter is available for the required appointment.

If it emerges that an interpreter is required following the granting of a legal aid certificate, an amendment to the certificate should be sought rather than authority.

Authorisation for engaging interpreters in asylum cases is automatically granted.

Private Practitioners should make their bookings via email /phone contact. Invoices in respect of PP bookings (law centre clients) should be directed by the contractor to Legal Services Support. Invoices in respect of PP bookings (asylum clients) should be emailed to Interpretations@legalaidboard.ie (Smithfield Support Unit NBS) for approval, processing and onward transmission to Finance Unit for payment.

Note that the Board has separate contracts for the provision of interpreter services and the provision of translation of documents.

The following rates are indicative and are only a summary, a full list of languages covered and rates are available The following rates are indicative and are only a summary, a full list of languages covered and rates are available on the LAB Bulletin Board.

For scheduled interviews/hearings/interviews held on site, First Hour Cost €23, cost per each addition 15 mins €5.75

For telephone interpretation cost per minute is €0.63.

On-site interpreter service (25 hours per week, in total covering all languages required) - €23  per hour.

Generic costs for on-site Interpretation Services

 

 

Per defined period

Cost

 

 

 

 

Per Hour

€23.00

 

Per Day

€161.00

7 hours

 

Per Week

€644.00

35 hours

 

Per Month

€2,576.00

140 hours

 

For scheduled interviews/hearings/interviews held on site, First Hour Cost €23, cost per each addition 15 mins €5.75

For telephone interpretation cost per minute is €0.63.

On-site interpreter service (25 hours per week, in total covering all languages required) - €23  per hour

Generic costs for on-site Interpretation Services

 

 

Per defined period

Cost

 

 

 

 

Per Hour

€23.00

 

Per Day

€161.00

7 hours

 

Per Week

€644.00

35 hours

 

Per Month

€2,576.00

140 hours

 

 

Translation of documents

The Board has a contract for the translation of documents.  Any amended certificates granted for the purposes of obtaining a translation of documents will require that the translation be obtained from the presently contracted firm, and at a rate not greater than the Board’s agreed rates (see below). Note: at the time of writing, this contract does not cover translations to and from the Irish language.

 Authority will normally be granted in respect of the following classes of documents:

  • Birth, Death, Marriage Certificates etc;
  • Military Records;
  • Passports and other Identity documents (usually National I.D. Cards; Employment I.Ds, student cards)
  • Medical Certificates;
  • Court Orders; and
  • Summonses.

 As regards any other document that is considered necessary to support a client’s case, a brief description of the content of the document should be obtained from the client, and he or she should mark relevant passages for translation within the document. A caseworker/solicitor who is of the opinion that the contents justify translating the document should:-

  • consider whether the expenditure involved in obtaining a translation appears to be justified in the circumstances;
  • certify that in his/her opinion such a translation is necessary; and
  • provide reasons for this opinion.

  

Translations

The following are the Board’s agreed rates for  translations:

 

 

 

Translate into English from

Translate from English into

Language

Cost per word €

Language

Cost per word €

Acholi

0.059

Acholi

0.059

Albanian

0.059

Albanian

0.059

Amharic

0.059

Amharic

0.059

Arabic

0.059

Arabic

0.059

Armenian


0.059

Armenian

0.059

Azerbaijan

0.059

Azerbaijan

0.059

Bajuni

0.059

Bajuni

0.059

Belorussian

0.05

Belorussian

0.05

Bengali

0.059

Bengali

0.059

Bosnian

0.059

Bosnian

0.059

Burmese

0.059

Burmese

0.059

Chewa

0.059

Chewa

0.059

Chinese (Mandarin)

0.059

Chinese (Mandarin)

0.059

Croatian

0.059

Croatian

0.059

Czech

0.059

Czech

0.059

Dari

0.059

Dari

0.059

Dutch

0.059

Dutch

0.059

Farsi

0.059

Farsi

0.059

French

0.059

French

0.059

Georgian

0.059

Georgian

0.059

German

0.059

German

0.059

Greek

0.059

Greek

0.059

Hebrew

0.059

Hebrew

0.059

Hindi

0.059

Hindi

0.059

Italian

0.05

Italian

0.05

Kazhak

0.05Kazhak0.05

Kikongo

0.059

Kikongo

0.059

Kinyamulenge

0.059

Kinyamulenge

0.059

Kinyarwanda

0.059

Kinyarwanda

0.059

Kurdish Kirmanji

0.059

Kurdish Kirmanji

0.059

Kurdish Sorani

0.059

Kurdish Sorani

0.059

Kyrgyz

0.059

Kyrgyz

0.059
Lingala0.059

Lingala

0.059

Malay

0.059

Malay

0.059

Malayalam

0.059

Malayalam

0.059
Moldovan0.05

Moldovan

0.05

Nepalese

0.059

Nepalese

0.059

Oromo

0.059

Oromo

0.059

Pashto

0.059

Pashto

0.059

Polish

0.059

Polish

0.059

Portugese

0.059Portugese0.059

Punjabi

0.059

Punjabi

0.059

Romanian

0.05

Romanian

0.05

Russian

0.05

Russian

0.05

Serbian

0.059

Serbian

0.059

Sindhi

0.059

Sindhi

0.059
Sinhala0.059

Sinhala

0.059

Somali

0.059

Somali

0.059
Swahili0.059

Swahili

0.059

Swedish

0.059

Swedish

0.059

Tagalog

0.059

Tagalog

0.059

Tamil

0.059

Tamil

0.059

Tigrinya

0.059

Tigrinya

0.059

Turkish

0.059

Turkish

0.059

Ukrainian

0.05

Ukrainian

0.05

Urdu

0.059

Urdu

0.059

Uyghur

0.059

Uyghur

0.059

Uzbek

0.059

Uzbek

0.059

Vietnamese

0.059

Vietnamese

0.059

Yoruba

0.059

Yoruba

0.059

 

All rates are quoted exclusive of VAT @ 23%

Please note: There are differing rates depending on language