Delays at court due to interpreters
Mary Prior · August 15, 2013 - 2:49 pm
1400 hearing. No interpreter. Four defs, four counsel, friends, family and court staff all waiting for delayed interpreter. May arrive at 1500
Charlotte Hole · August 13, 2013 - 4:27 pm
1. 30 minutes before case called on, 15 minutes in court, 2 month adjournment
2. Westminster Magistrates’ Court 13/08/13
3. A Lithuanian interpreter was required – one was present for the first hearing in March, but none has attended for hearings subsequently, in May and in June. These hearings have had to be explained to the Defendant via telephone thanks to a Lithuanian speaker in the solicitors’ offices. An interpreter was booked for today, but by 2.30pm had still not attended when the case was called on. The court clerk contacted the interpreter section in the admin office and we waited in court for 15 minutes for an update, but none could be obtained since Capita were not answering the phone! Since a conference and a 1 hour hearing were required, it was decided not to waste any more time today and to adjourn. The next available date is in October. The client remains on stringent bail conditions which are restricting his ability to travel, and the hours in which he seeks work.
4. Lithuania v Kalytis
Kerry Hudson · August 6, 2013 - 12:34 pm
Preliminary Hearing – Pre-con booked for 10am. Interpreter turns up at 10.30am. Says Court booked her for 10.30am. Hearing went ahead before had a chance to speak to client. This was his first ever Crown Court experience in a serious money laundering case. 22nd July 2013 at Central Criminal Court.
Rob Simpson · August 4, 2013 - 3:56 pm
Portsmouth Crown Court
R v Addey.
Trial was moved from Winchester to Portsmouth the preceding day due to a lack of courts/judges.
No interpreter therefore case adjourned to 23/7.
Daniel Follon · August 3, 2013 - 12:04 am
1. 3 hours
2. 2 August 2013 at Croydon Magistrates Court
3. No interpreter had attended for sentence, court had to arrange an interpreter, did not arrive at court until 2pm.
4. R v D (on going)
Zoe Saunders · August 1, 2013 - 9:10 am
29/07 Bristol CJC – interpreter did not attend for directions – would have required adjournment but client’s sister-in-law translated instead
Tim Pole · July 29, 2013 - 3:32 pm
Case adjourned today until tomorrow Birmingham Crown court because the court failed to book an interpreter!
Robert Hardy-McBride (@Robert_HM) · July 25, 2013 - 8:57 pm
(1) At least 9.30 am – 5.00 pm
(2) Croydon Magistrates Court today, 25th July 2013.
(3) Interpreter turned up at 5.00 pm for a s.7 Breach of Bail hearing. The 24 hours ran out at 5.15pm, defendant released due to 24 hour time limit running out.
Claire Harden · July 25, 2013 - 2:03 pm
1. 2 hrs 30mins
2. Harrow Crown Court
3. No interpreter attended. Defendant does not understand any English. Told no interpreter asked for because the case was only listed for mention, albeit defendant was required to attend.
Richard Wheeler · July 24, 2013 - 1:38 pm
R v Addey, Portsmouth Crown Court 22.07.13
3 x Crown Ws, Defendant, 2 barristers, judge, court staff, and jury in waiting all ready to go.
No interpreter despite one being booked by the court and it being double checked by Defence. So the whole day was wasted while we waited for one to come. Meanwhile the barristers tried to agree evidence, and explored other ways of the case being shortened by way of alternative pleas.
In the end a two day case was turned into a three day case, purely because of no interpreter.
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