HMCTS Interpreting Reports

Courtwatchers expose a 'wild west'

Law Society Gazette   /   HMCTS Interpreting Reports   /   28 May 2024

A mass court observation project which sat in on more than 1,100 hearings has reported that more than a fifth of hearings (230) involved a defendant for whom English was not a first language. An interpreter was not provided in 104 of those cases. Defendants who needed interpreters were ‘some of the worst served by the court’, the report said.

Powys: Welshpool cannabis factory man's sentencing adjourned

County Times   /   HMCTS Interpreting Reports   /   01 February 2024

The 39-year-old appeared via video link from HMP Berwyn, near Wrexham, alongside an Albanian-speaking prisoner who had volunteered to help him understand what the judge was about to tell him.

Laughter in Craigavon court as interpreter refers to district judge as 'Your Majesty'

Northern Ireland World   /   HMCTS Interpreting Reports   /   23 October 2023

Craigavon Magistrates Court erupted in laughter on Friday when the interpreter for a defendant referred to District Judge Bernie Kelly as ‘Your Majesty’.

Only two interpreters in the country - and neither of them in Oxford

Oxford Mail   /   HMCTS Interpreting Reports   /   29 October 2022

A defendant’s pleas to allegations of child rape could not be taken – as there were only two interpreters in the UK able to speak his native tongue and neither were free to attend Oxford Crown Court.

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