More Blunders at Cambridge Magistrates' Court
On Wednesday 30th January 2013, no interpreter turned up for a Mandarin speaking defendant for his sentence hearing at Cambridge Magistrates' Court, althought a Mandarin interpreter had been requested by the court. The case had to be adjourned to the following day, Thursday, 31st January 2013, when TWO interpreters turned up and one had to be sent home.
This also had a domino effect on other services. The defendant's appointment with the child protection officer originally scheduled for Thursday 31st had to be cancelled. Maybe someone should total up the wasted taxpayers' money on these blunders: cost of adjournment on Wednesday, payments to 2 interpreters on Thursday and costs incurred by the local social services for the cancelled appointment and the cancellation fee to their interpreter.