Thursday, 9 January 2020

Sentencing of driver responsible for man's death postponed as translator fails to attend hearing


9 January 2020

Sentencing of driver responsible for man's death postponed as translator fails to attend hearing
The sentencing of a driver responsible for the death of a motorcyclist has been postponed - because a translator arranged for him did not show up to court.
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On November 28, Liow pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at Norwich Crown Court and was due to learn his fate in the same court on Thursday.
However, after an "administrative error" on the part of the company responsible for providing the court with an interpreter in Mandarin meant one was not provided, the hearing was postponed.
"The translation service has admitted it made an administrative error and as a result no interpreter has shown up today," Liow's solicitor told the court.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

PQ: 7 January 2020



Criminal Proceedings: Interpreters
Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 7th January 2020.

Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether translators in criminal trials are remunerated in cases where the foreign-speaking defendant does not turn up for their trial.

Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice
If an interpreter has attended a booking, but is no longer required to deliver service, at a minimum they will be paid a cancellation fee. Depending on the circumstances the interpreter may also receive a payment for the time spent waiting to provide a service at the venue.