Non-attendance by ALS linguists results in overnight custody
Uxbridge Magistrates' Court 24.04.2012
One Somali and one Punjabi interpreter were requested for two very minor offences for which the defendants would normally have been dealt with on the day by way of non-custodial sentences. Neither ALS interpreter showed up. The two defendants were remanded in overnight custody.
If suspects are held in custody because no interpreter came, they can claim compensation for unlawful detention and should contact the solicitor who represented them in their case.