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Friday, 26 June 2015

£10m Everton cannabis farm case adjourned because of lack of interpreter

26 June 2015

£10m Everton cannabis farm case adjourned because of lack of interpreter
A court case against four men arrested after a £10m cannabis farm was discovered in Everton could not go ahead because there was no interpreter.
Nam Van Le, 49, Nam Van Ntuyen, 36, Thanh Duc Dong, 49, and Doan Xuan Quynh, 39, were due to appear at Liverpool Crown Court this morning.
But the court heard a Vietnamese-speaking interpreter was not available to attend the preliminary hearing.
Judge Neil Flewitt, QC, decided not to produce the men via video link from HMP Liverpool, as he said little progress could be made if they did not understand proceedings.
Van Le, 49, of Jason Street, Everton, and Van Ntuyen, Dong and Quynh, all of no fixed address, are charged with production of cannabis.
Judge Neil Flewitt, QC, adjourned the case until July 10 and remanded all four men in custody.

PQ - 26th June 2015

Ministry of Justice: Interpreters
26th June 2015

Kate Green Labour, Stretford and Urmston
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department's second generation contract for the supply of language services will require interpreters to be registered with the National Registers of Communications Professionals Working with Deaf and Deafblind People or the National Register of Public Service Interpreters.

Mike Penning The Minister of State, Home Department, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice
This Government is committed to providing language service professionals who meet the needs of those requiring support in the justice system, including those working with deaf and deafblind people.
Future provision of the service is currently being explored.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Case involving an alleged scrap metal dealer awaits interpreter

22 June 2015 

Case involving an alleged scrap metal dealer awaits interpreter 
A man who has allegedly been running an unlicensed scrap metal dealership in Burton has had his court case adjourned, because he needed the assistance of an interpreter. 
Vasile Paun was allegedly caught carrying on his business without a licence in Alma Street, Burton, on Sunday, October 5, last year. 
Paun, 39, of Sladefield Road, Birmingham, is due to appear at Stafford Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, July 1 where he is expected to enter a plea.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

PQ - 16th June 2015

HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Translation Services
16th June 2015

David Davies Conservative, Monmouth
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much HM Courts and Tribunal Service has spent on translators in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

Shailesh Vara The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice
We have taken translators as Face to Face interpreters, Written Translators and Telephone Interpreters. Please see below the costs breakdown by service provided and total cost that HMCTS have spent on the Capita-TI contract for the last three years:

Before 2012, courts arranged interpreter contracts on an individual basis. The Government has taken steps to ensure the system provides value for taxpayers by agreeing a national contract. Demand for these services has grown as awareness increases amongst court and tribunal users. Since we introduced a new interpreting contract in 2012 we have spent £38.2m less on language service fees.