HMCTS Interpreting Reports

Magistrates freed alleged rapist because no interpreter was available - and now he's on the run

East Anglian Daily Times   /   HMCTS Interpreting Reports   /   28 August 2019

An alleged rapist wanted for breaching his bail is on the run again after magistrates freed him because they couldn't find an interpreter.

Court resorts to using Google Translate in case of Vietnamese men as no translator was available at the court on Saturday

Nottingham Post   /   HMCTS Interpreting Reports   /   15 September 2018

In an effort to tell them of the progress of the case, the court clerk's computer was programmed to use the Google Translate software. The message rang out: "Coming back on Monday."

Hearing delayed for nearly two days due to lack of interpreter

The Herald   /   HMCTS Interpreting Reports   /   11 April 2018

No interpreter was available and the case was first put back to Monday afternoon before it was rescheduled to Tuesday morning.

The case was again put back to Tuesday afternoon until an interpreter was arranged to carry out the translation over-the-phone during the hearing.


Courts: Interpreters:Written question - 120481

UK Parliament   /   HMCTS Interpreting Reports   /   27 December 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many formal complaints there have been related to interpreter services in each year since that service was contracted out; and what the main reason was in each of those years for such complaints.

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