The Sun: Ken Clarke’s rap for chaos in courts
A damning report by MPs today savages Ken Clarke’s “shambolic” overhaul of interpreter services in the courts.
The shake-up by the ex-Justice Secretary led to chaos, delays and cases collapsing in courtrooms across the country.
In one case, an unqualified man stood in for his interpreter wife during a murder trial, the Justice Select Committee report reveals.
The interpreting services contract was awarded to a firm now called Capita Translation and Interpreting despite warnings from critics.
Committee chairman Sir Alan Beith said: “The Ministry of Justice’s handling of the outsourcing of court interpreting services has been nothing short of shambolic.”