Monday, 9 December 2019

Outrage over council's decision to recommend Google Translate for residents attempting to understand complex report on safety of Sheffield tower block


9th December 2019

Outrage over council's decision to recommend Google Translate for residents attempting to understand complex report on safety of Sheffield tower block
Councillors have expressed outrage over a decision to recommend Google Translate to Sheffield residents to read a 'complex' report on an investigation into the safety of their tower block.
Kaltum Rivers and Angela Argenzio, representatives of Broomhill and Sharrow Vale ward, said it was a 'lazy' move.
They asked leaders of the council about when and in what format the report on the investigation into Hanover Tower, Broomhall will be available during a full council meeting.
In a written response, the council said it would refer residents to the online tool so they can read it in their native language. […]

Costs recovery ruling hits translation company


9 December 2019 by John Hyde

Costs recovery ruling hits translation company
A translation company owner has said she may have to pull out of the market following a Court of Appeal ruling inhibiting costs recovery. 
In Aldred v Cham, Lord Justice Coulson said the status of the claimant as a child, or as someone who could not speak English, was ‘nothing whatever to do with the dispute itself’. He upheld the appeal by the defendant in the RTA claim to deny recovery of disbursements for work that did not fall within the fixed recoverable costs regime. 
Required to interpret the line in the Civil Procedure Rules which allows recovery where sums have been ‘reasonably incurred due to a particular feature of the dispute’, the judge said: ‘Age, linguistic ability and mental wellbeing are all characteristics of the claimant regardless of the dispute. They are not generated by or linked in any way to the dispute itself.’ 
While the appeal itself centred mostly around counsel fees, businesses supplying the PI sector now fear collateral damage because claimants will not be able to cover the costs of using external providers. 
The owner of one translation company working extensively with the PI sector told the Gazette her business has outstanding invoices with a number of legal services providers but she has no idea if these will be paid.
‘Since the decision of Aldred v Cham in the Court of Appeal came to light, it sunk us overnight as most of our outstanding invoices are no longer recoverable and we have to re-evaluate our position in the current market.’ 
The Gazette has contacted the claimant’s firm, Leeds-based True Solicitors, to ask if an appeal is being considered.
Matthew Hoe, director of dispute resolution at Taylor Rose TTKW, who acted for Aldred, said the judgment promotes certainty by cutting down the scope of argument about what can be recovered – although it could reopen calls to review the level of fixed costs.


Friday, 29 November 2019

Appeal overturned after bus stop rant by court interpreter

https://www.freemovement.org.uk/appeal-overturned-after-bus-stop-rant-by-court-interpreter/?fbclid=IwAR3l09fSLdrLd_8wAytz9tYfHxWvBdU4Zbq2-l2Z8Qe7MUt2qCjgF6Nfh30
29th November 2019

Appeal overturned after bus stop rant by court interpreter
An asylum appeal by an Eritrean woman, initially rejected by an immigration judge, has been overturned by the Upper Tribunal after it emerged the court interpreter embarked on a political rant to the woman’s barrister at the bus stop outside court afterwards. […]


Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Court Interpreting Contract Extended to 2021

26/11/19

Court Interpreting Contract Extended to 2021
[…] On the other hand, in October, the MoJ said that it had agreed to extend its language services contract for translation, transcription and foreign language interpreting services, with its main provider, Leeds-based agency thebigword, triggering the first of three one-year extension options to a four-year contract that was due to end in 2020. The contract will now end on 30 October 2021 at the earliest. […]

Read more here: https://onesmallwindow.wordpress.com/2019/11/26/court-interpreting-contract-extended-to-2021/