David Radford, Resident Judge at Snaresbrook Crown Court, on current interpreting problems
Interview with David Radford
HHJ Radford is resident judge at Snaresbrook Crown Court. He spoke to Malcolm Duxbury.
Q: Have you been having any difficulties with interpreters recently?
A: Yes, most certainly. In this building, we have been badly affected by the change to one contractor and I’ve ensured that the difficulties have been communicated to the senior presiding judge and to the management of the courts and tribunals service.
Indeed, I have personally spoken about them to Lord Justice Goldring.
The change was piloted, I understand, on one circuit, the Northern circuit, and it was thought that the change would not be problematical but they didn’t sufficiently have in mind the whole country. It was introduced without the full board approval of Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service, including the judicial representatives. I believe the contract is now being monitored on a weekly basis.