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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Court staff forced to rely on Google Translate – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 28th, 2012 in courts, internet, interpreters, news by sally

“Court staff and lawyers have been forced to use Google Translate to communicate with non-English speaking defendants because of problems with the new interpreter service, it has been claimed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 27th March 2012

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Private court interpretation company ‘should face contempt proceedings’ – The Guardian

Posted March 20th, 2012 in contempt of court, courts, delay, interpreters, news by sally

“The attorney general has been urged to bring contempt of court proceedings against the private contractor awarded a monopoly to provide interpreters to all courts in England and Wales.”

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The Guardian, 19th March 2012

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Violent clients, traumatised victims, late payment – the life of a court interpreter – The Guardian

Posted March 19th, 2012 in courts, demonstrations, employment, interpreters, news by sally

“Very few people know what the job of a professional court interpreter involves. ALS is trying to get it done on the cheap.”

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The Guardian, 15th March 2012

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MoJ ditches new court interpreting system in face of major backlash – The Lawyer

Posted February 23rd, 2012 in courts, interpreters, news by sally

“The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has decided to allow courts to revert to the old system of selecting interpreters from the National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI) in order to avoid further hearings being adjourned as a result of interpreters from a new agency failing to turn up to court.”

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The Lawyer, 23rd February 2012

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Courts given green light to hire own interpreters as ALS struggles to cope – The Guardian

Posted February 17th, 2012 in courts, interpreters, news by sally

“A £300m private contract providing interpreters to all courts across England and Wales has been partially abandoned two weeks after being launched.”

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The Guardian, 16th February 2012

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Court chaos follows interpreter change – BBC News

Posted February 13th, 2012 in courts, fees, interpreters, news by sally

“The government is hoping to save £18m a year by changing how interpreters are provided for court hearings – but it is said the new system is causing chaos and costly delays.”

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BBC News, 13th February 2012

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Row erupts over police interpreters – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 3rd, 2011 in interpreters, miscarriage of justice, news, police by sally

“Detainees at police stations in four areas of the north-west are at risk of miscarriages of justice due to the police forces’ use of inadequate interpreters, the Gazette has been told.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd February 2011

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Email claims lead to £30,000 libel payout – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 17th, 2011 in damages, defamation, interpreters, news by sally

“An interpreter has won £30,000 in libel damages over claims in an email sent to fellow interpreters which claimed that she abused her position in a trade body to further her private interests.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th January 2011

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Iraqi interpreters to sue MoD for not protecting them – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 14th, 2009 in armed forces, duty of care, interpreters, Iraq, news by sally

“A total of 25 claimants, most of them interpreters, claim they were owed a duty of care by the Government and are expected to launch legal action later this week, according to the BBC.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th July 2009

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Army interpreter loses spy appeal – BBC News

Posted June 11th, 2009 in appeals, armed forces, interpreters, news, spying by sally

“An Army corporal who was the personal interpreter to Britain’s top general in Afghanistan has lost an appeal against his 10-year sentence for spying.”

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BBC News, 11th June 2009

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Army spy is jailed for 10 years – BBC News

Posted November 28th, 2008 in armed forces, interpreters, news, sentencing, spying by sally

“Army interpreter Daniel James, found guilty of spying for Iran last month, has been jailed for 10 years.”

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BBC News, 28th November 2008

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