30 June 2012, John Podmore
Justice? Not if defendants can't engage fully with the trial
The criminal justice system isn't doing enough to support those who struggle to communicate fluently or follow the court process
And we should not forget the many foreign nationals we prosecute. Brits abroad tend to get a sympathetic press when struggling in foreign judicial systems but the sympathy is not replicated at home, as translation services are contracted out and increasingly difficult to access.