The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Heads Up

You heard it here first - there is going to be real trouble over the new arrangements for interpreter services to the courts. Professional interpreters are an essential resource to ensure justice and to keep court business flowing. Furthermore they are a requirement of the Human Rights Act.

I hear on the grapevine that the new (for-profit) provider of these services is offering vastly inferior rates of pay and expenses, and the existing cadre of approved and registered interpreters are mightily unhappy.

I am not an expert in this field, but I am told that there is some real grief ahead.