Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Act 2017

23.

Refusal of request for interpretation or translation

23. (1) A request by a victim for assistance by way of interpretation or translation referred to in section 22(2)(a) or (3)(a) or for a translation of information referred to in section 8(5) may be refused—

(a) where it appears to the Garda Síochána, the Ombudsman Commission or the Director of Public Prosecutions, as the case may be, that, during the course of an investigation of an alleged offence or any criminal proceedings relating to that offence, the victim does not require such assistance in order to understand them or to be understood, or

(b) where it relates to information of a kind referred to in section 11(1) .

(2) Where the Garda Síochána, the Ombudsman Commission or the Director of Public Prosecutions, as the case may be, refuses a request for assistance by way of interpretation or translation under section 22(2)(a) or (3)(a) or for a translation of information referred to in section 8(5)

(a) the decision and the reasons for it shall be recorded, and

(b) the victim shall be notified in writing of the decision and provided with a summary of the reasons for that decision as soon as practicable.

(3) A notification referred to in subsection (2)(b) may be provided to the victim by electronic means.