The daily bill for experts to translate 226 languages and provide appropriate signings for the deaf is £51,000.
There are 160,000 requests for translations – including rare languages such as Zulu – at hearings every year. In 2015, £23,000 was spent turning 591 report pages into Slovenian. Polish is the most requested language for proceedings before JPs, with 5,127 translators needed since August last year.
Romanian and Russian were also commonly needed with occasional requests for Jamaican patois and Mongolian.