Judge frustrated at lack of interpreter

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A JUDGE has expressed his frustration with a court interpreter system after a hearing had to be adjourned when a translator failed to attend a Suffolk court.

Ipswich Crown Court judge David Goodin said he was “astounded” at the non-attendance of a Bengali interpreter who had been booked by the court to act as translator for a 27-year-old man accused of attempting to rape a woman in an alleyway in Newmarket in August.

“Astonishingly and disgracefully for justice, no interpreter has appeared and in these circumstances we can’t make any progress with the case today,” said the judge. “This is yet another example of interpreters failing to appear.”

Judge Goodin was forced to adjourn the plea and direction hearing until today after court staff were unable to ascertain the whereabouts of the translator.

The case is the latest example of problems courts around the country have had in getting interpreters since Applied Language Solutions took over a Government contract in January.

Earlier this year the Ministry of Justice accepted there had been problems with the court interpreter system in the first few weeks of the contract but claimed the situation had improved.

Before Ipswich Crown Court yesterday was Jakir Hussain, of Bahram Close, Newmarket, who is accused of attempting to rape a 24-year-old woman in an alleyway between the High Street and Rowley Drive in August.

2 comments

  • The government was warned many times that hiving off the court translations service to a single company was going to cause chaos. They didn't listen. Surprise, surprise.

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    beerlover

    Friday, December 7, 2012

  • The contract with Applied Language Solutions is notorious for gumming up the legal system. This firm has sharply reduced fees to translators, which has led to many of them leaving the service. A typical penny-wise pound-foolish initiative by our inept government, intent on privatising even when the result is certain to cost more.

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    Boris

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

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