The Association of Police and Court Interpreters

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The Association of Police & Court Interpreters, founded in 1974, is a professional

association of independent, freelance interpreters working within the Criminal Justice System. The aims of the Association are to raise standards in the profession and foster good relations between its members and the users of their services. It also provides a forum for mutual support and advice to its members on matters relating to their profession.

APCI Response call centre

Call 0207 510 9 510

Our call centre is a free service to anybody wishing to book
an interpreter. All it takes is a
single telephone call from wherever you may be; our trained staff will ask you for the details of what you need and we will take care of the rest. An interpreter will then call you back to confirm the details of the assignment and his or her attendance.

A substantial majority of members are registered public service interpreters with the National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI) or the National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD), having been vetted and checked by the authorities. Others are public service interpreters with different qualifications. Many are also members of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (IoL) and/or the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI). They have extensive knowledge and awareness of different educational and cultural backgrounds and are familiar with legal procedures.

The APCI is listed as one of the recommended sources of interpreters in Annex B to the National Agreement on Arrangements for the use of Interpreters, Translators and Language Service Professionals in Investigations and Proceedings within the Criminal Justice System.

Why Choose Us?

The services of members are used by many branches of the public service, including the Ministry of Justice, HM Courts Service, the Metropolitan Police, the Crown Prosecution Service, HM Revenue and Customs, HM Prison Service, the Probation Service and the Department of Work and Pensions.

The Association considers it essential that only interpreters with the highest standards of linguistic competence, impartiality and professionalism are used at every stage of the legal process and throughout the public service. Close contact is maintained with the Metropolitan Police Service and other government bodies as mentioned above. The Association also works in close co-operation with the IoL and the ITI.

Members are regulated by a Code of Practice which has been lodged with the Office of Fair Trading and contains provisions relating to impartiality and confidentiality required of a Public Service Interpreter.

Membership Cards

The Association issues Membership Cards annually upon renewal of subscription. You can see the current version here