5 May 2012
The hearing was interrupted when Judge Batty noted an interpreter was not translating proceedings to a Slovak defendant and it emerged she could not understand defence counsel.
The hitch is the latest to hit courts after a contract for interpreting was awarded by the Ministry of Justice to a single agency.
The interpreter was replaced by a volunteer from the public gallery, who told the court she was boycotting the agency but was willing to help. Judge Batty said it was not the first time and he would make a formal complaint.