Extra day and wasted costs
29/03/12 Magistrates Court, Tottenham, London, in Lithuanian
Interpreter: None attended. Booked through ALS
Case: (sitting at Enfield).
I [solicitor] acted for the defendant who was due to make a 2nd bail application on this date via video link. No interpreter attended the hearing, no other interpreter was available. The hearing was abandoned and adjourned until the following day.
The defendant had not previously been able to supply the court with an address but on this occasion a friend had attend the court hearing to provide him with a home and give him a chance of securing bail. He spent another night in custody unnecessarily. He is a man with no previous convictions. I lost half a day's work for nothing.
I applied for wasted costs against HMCTS because their agent (ALS) had acted negligently. I was awarded £103.
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