Capita: lost in translation? – New Law Journal

Posted May 29th, 2014 in courts, interpreters, judges, news, trials by michael

‘A top judge has slated the performance of Capita, the providers of the court interpreting service, after a hearing had to be adjourned when interpreters failed to turn up.’

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New Law Journal, 28th May 2014

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Court interpreting firm Capita fined thousands – BBC News

Posted January 22nd, 2014 in courts, interpreters, news, penalties by sally

‘A private company which provides court interpreters in England and Wales has lost thousands of pounds in penalties for its poor performance.’

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BBC News, 22nd January 2014

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Children: Public Law Update – Family Law Week

Posted October 29th, 2013 in adoption, appeals, care orders, children, expert witnesses, interpreters, media, news, witnesses by sally

“John Tughan, barrister, of 4 Paper Buildings reviews important recent cases of which all public law practitioners ought to be aware.”

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Family Law Week, 25th October 2013

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Driving test candidates must sit exam in English or Welsh – BBC News

Posted October 14th, 2013 in conspiracy, consultations, driving licences, examinations, fraud, interpreters, news by sally

“All driving test candidates will have to sit the written theory exam in either English or Welsh after a ban on foreign languages by the UK government.”

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BBC News, 11th October 2013

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94 driving licences removed over test translation fraud – BBC News

Posted August 8th, 2013 in conspiracy, driving licences, fraud, guilty pleas, interpreters, news by sally

“Driving licences are being stripped from dozens of people after an interpreter who gave Chinese theory test candidates the answers.”

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BBC News, 8th August 2013

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Driving test translator jailed over 200 exam cheats – BBC News

“A Chinese translator in Birmingham has been jailed for helping 200 learner drivers cheat on theory exams.”

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BBC News, 16th July 2013

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Will Article 6 come to the rescue after the legal aid reforms? – UK Human Rights Blog

“The absence of legal representation for defendants to an action for debt who contended they could not speak English resulted in the High Court granting an application that the trial be adjourned for a second time. The judgment is a good example of the interaction of Article 6 ECHR (right to a fair trial) with the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR).”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th June 2013

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Justice ministry outsourcing could lead to ‘train crash’, says watchdog – The Guardian

Posted June 21st, 2013 in contracting out, courts, interpreters, news, select committees by tracey

“The contracting out of key services by the Ministry of Justice could end in a ‘multiple train crash’ because the department displays naivety and lacks the capacity to understand what it is doing, according to a parliamentary watchdog.”

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The Guardian, 20th June 2013

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Regina v Applied Language Solutions Ltd – WLR Daily

Regina v Applied Language Solutions Ltd: [2013] EWCA Crim 326;   [2013] WLR (D)  123

“Where a company had an agreement with the Ministry of Justice to provide interpreters, including interpreters for criminal proceedings, it was essential that an interpreter was provided on every occasion when one was required. If there was successive non-attendance of an individual interpreter or successive failures in systems a court was entitled to view that as amounting to serious misconduct rendering the company liable for the costs thereby incurred by the Crown Prosecution Service and the defence.”

WLR Daily, 25th March 2013

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Interpreter company wins costs order appeal – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 26th, 2013 in appeals, costs, interpreters, news, third parties by sally

“The company contracted by the Ministry of Justice to provide court interpreters has won an appeal against a decision to award a third-party costs order after a sentencing hearing was adjourned due an interpreter’s non-appearance.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 26th March 2013

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Trials collapsing thanks to ‘shambolic’ privatisation of translation services – The Guardian

Posted February 6th, 2013 in fines, inquiries, interpreters, Ministry of Justice, news, trials by sally

“The privatisation of court interpreting services has been ‘shambolic’, MPs warn saying it has caused more trials to collapse and suspects to be remanded unnecessarily in custody.”

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The Guardian, 6th February 2013

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More trials being disrupted over interpreter failings – The Guardian

Posted December 14th, 2012 in courts, delay, interpreters, news by tracey

“Nearly 200 trials were disrupted or postponed in England and Wales in the first quarter of the year because interpreters provided by a private firm failed to appear, according to a damning report by the select committee.”

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The Guardian, 14th December 2012

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‘Courtroom chaos': Government accused of endangering justice by using cut-price courtroom interpreters – The Independent

Posted October 24th, 2012 in contracting out, courts, interpreters, news by sally

“Britain’s leading translators today accused the government of endangering justice with a cut-price private contract for courtroom interpreters, which is ‘dangerous to the interests of public safety.'”

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The Independent, 23rd October 2012

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Court interpreting criticised as ‘wholly inadequate’ in damning NAO report – The Guardian

Posted September 13th, 2012 in courts, interpreters, news, reports by tracey

“The Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) privatisation of court interpreting services became ‘fully operational before it was ready’ and was initially ‘wholly inadequate’, according to a highly critical report by the National Audit Office.”

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The Guardian, 12th September 2012

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Court interpreter checks ‘non-existent’ – BBC News

Posted August 9th, 2012 in courts, interpreters, news by sally

“Interpreters from a private company have been working in courts in England and Wales without the required criminal record checks, the BBC has been told.”

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BBC News, 9th August 2012

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Trial suspended as bogus interpreter stands in for wife – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 23rd, 2012 in evidence, interpreters, murder, news, sentencing, trials by tracey

“A court descended into farce when a man translating vital evidence revealed he was only there because his wife – the real interpreter – was too busy.”

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Daily Telegraph, 20th July 2012

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MPs to investigate ‘underperforming’ firm awarded £300m court monopoly – The Guardian

Posted July 20th, 2012 in contracts, courts, interpreters, news by tracey

“The way in which a private contractor was awarded a £300m monopoly of court interpreting services throughout England and Wales and the firm’s ‘underperformance’ are to be investigated by MPs.”

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The Guardian, 20th July 2012

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Court cases hampered by translation failures – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 25th, 2012 in courts, delay, interpreters, news by tracey

“Up to 50 court cases a day were delayed or postponed because of failures by a translation contractor to provide an adequate service,.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th May 2012

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Plan to cut spending on court interpreters leads to farce – The Independent

Posted May 21st, 2012 in auditors, budgets, courts, interpreters, news, solicitors by sally

“A defendant dubbed a ‘pervert’ by mistake, a rabbit applying to be a Czech language specialist and solicitors using the Google Translate website to understand their clients: the debacle surrounding court interpreters has had its amusing moments.”

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The Independent, 21st May 2012

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Interpreting error leads to £25,000 retrial costs – The Lawyer

Posted April 17th, 2012 in costs, interpreters, news, retrials by sally

“A trial at a London court collapsed last Friday after it was revealed that an interpreter employed by Applied Language Solutions had made a grave interpreting error.”

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The Lawyer, 17th April 2012

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