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Thursday, 29 September 2016

"issues with translators"

29 September 2016

[…] It was the third time that Mouza, of Langley Parade, had attended Crawley Magistrates' Court in regards to the charge.
On the first two occasions there were issues with translators and in the second instance a French Creole interpreter couldn't understand him.
Yesterday morning (Thursday, September 28) the hearing finally went ahead, and Mouza was able to communicate through an interpreter.
Prosecutor Melanie Wotton told the court: "On August 14 information was given to the police [that someone was in the area with a knife] and when officers arrived they found Mr Mouza in possession of the large kitchen knife which was [held] in his waist band of his trousers.
"There have been difficulties with an interpreter [hence why he had been in court twice before] and he has no previous convictions and he complied with officers when requested." […]

Thursday, 22 September 2016

No interpreter, hearing adjourned

22 September 2016

Case of man charged with shining laser at police helicopter adjourned
Sandoiu was due to enter a plea at Croydon Magistrates' Court this morning.
However, lead magistrate David Armitage adjourned the hearing until Friday so a Romanian interpreter could be brought in for Sandoiu. […]

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Ireland: Lucrative State contracts scrapped in tendering row


Lucrative State contracts scrapped in tendering row
Three tender processes for contracts worth millions of euros for translation services in the justice system have been cancelled in the past 13 months following complaints by a bidder.
The tenders, with a combined estimated value of between €7.5m and €9m, were scrapped following rows over the selection processes used.
One of the bidders alleged flaws in how the competitions were run, claiming it was not selected despite offering a cheaper service than rivals.
The contracts on offer were to provide interpretation or translations services for An Garda Síochána, the Courts Service, the HSE, the Immigration Service, the Legal Aid Board, Department of Social Protection, Department of Justice and the Prison Services.
However, three tender processes collapsed following challenges by Word Perfect Translation Services Ltd, a company run by Albanian-born businessman Jimmy Gashi with offices in Dublin and Cork.
In two instances, the company issued High Court proceedings.
Both the Office of Government Procurement (OGP), which ran two of the tenders, and An Garda Síochána, which ran the third, have denied any impropriety.
Correspondence seen by the Irish Independent shows the latest tender, to provide interpretation services for the Legal Aid Board and the Immigration Service, was cancelled on August 31.
This happened a day after Mr Gashi's company initiated High Court proceedings against the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform after it was an unsuccessful bidder.
Mr Gashi claims it was submitting the lowest bid and should have been selected.
A letter issued by Chief State Solicitor Eileen Creedon, acting for the OGP, confirmed the cancellation of the competition.
She said the reasons for the decision would be issued later and that the legal proceedings issued by Word Perfect were "premature" and should be withdrawn.
A previous request for tenders issued by the OGP, which would have involved translation services being awarded to a number of companies, was also scrapped in August last year after Word Perfect raised concerns over how it was conducted.
In a letter issued at the time, Ms Creedon said: "Our clients totally refute allegations accusing [them] of doing anything unlawful or applying award criteria which was not published in the request for tender."
She said the decision was taken "to avoid unnecessary costs and further delay with regard to the provision of the services required".
In 2015, Word Perfect took High Court proceedings against the Garda Commissioner, after the force awarded a contract for interpretation services to a number of rivals.
It failed to secure a number of injunctions sought as part of the proceedings.
However, the gardaí decided that November to cancel the tender competition, saying it would allow the OGP conduct a competition for the services instead.
An Garda Síochána's executive director of finance and services, Michael Culhane, said in a letter that the force had concluded public resources ought not be spent defending the tender process when OGP was conducting another tender.