High Court halts deportation of Afghan interpeter who worked with British Army – The Independent

Posted December 7th, 2017 in armed forces, deportation, interpreters, news by sally

‘An Afghan interpreter who was due to be deported imminently has had his removal from the UK halted after the High Court ordered he be released from detention.’

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The Independent, 7th December 2017

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QOCS: The Strike Out and Fundamental Dishonesty Exceptions in Action – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted August 25th, 2016 in civil procedure rules, costs, evidence, interpreters, news, striking out by sally

‘There are still relatively few findings of fundamental dishonesty being made by Courts. Despite the fact that this is obviously an important exception to the QOCS regime, the fundamental dishonesty threshold is proving a difficult hurdle for Defendants to meet. This article explores a recent finding of fundamental dishonesty and the lessons that can be learned by Claimants and Defendants in such cases.’

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Hardwicke Chamebrs, 17th August 2016

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Interpreters lose MoJ race bias challenge – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Employment Tribunal did not ’misdirect’ itself when it dismissed two interpreters’ claims for racial discrimination against the Ministry of Justice, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th May 2016

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Afghan interpreter asks ‘how many more must die’ as he loses High Court fight – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 10th, 2016 in Afghanistan, appeals, armed forces, immigration, interpreters, news by sally

‘An Afghan interpreter who served alongside British troops on the front line has pleaded to be “allowed to live in safety, free of threats from the Taliban” after losing his High Court fight for better protection.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th May 2016

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Thousands of court cases adjourned due to failures in interpreting services – The Guardian

Posted May 5th, 2016 in adjournment, contracting out, delay, interpreters, news by tracey

‘More than 2,600 court cases have been adjourned over the past five years because of failures in the interpreting service, according to figures released by the Ministry of Justice.’

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The Guardian, 4th May 2016

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UK court rejects Afghan interpreters’ discrimination claims – The Guardian

Posted July 9th, 2015 in appeals, armed forces, employment, interpreters, news, race discrimination by sally

‘Former local interpreters who risked their lives working for the British military in Afghanistan have lost their high court challenge to a government assistance scheme they say unlawfully discriminates against them.’

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The Guardian, 8th July 2015

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Children: Private Law Update – Family Law Week

‘Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings considers recent judgments in private law children cases, including the President’s judgment on legal aid funding in Q v Q.’

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Family Law Week, 19th September 2014

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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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