How depressing is the comment from the anonymous Polruan? I know of many interpreters who will go the extra mile, but also of a few who insist on sticking to the rules, often to the prejudice of complainants as well as defendants. And they are paid for every hearing
If counsel went on any kind of work to rule, we all know what directions to judges would come down from the senior judiciary.
In the meantime, just exactly what are Crown Court Judges and rep organisations doing about this? Let’s have another consultation of the membership, if the MoJ will allow us of course.
From time to time I have shared with you the minor disasters and irritations of my professional life. This has been cheaper than therapy. Probably not as effective, but cheaper. And I hope that my moans and gripes have illustrated to the uninitiated that the Criminal Justice System operates about as effectively as Natalie Bennet when she is full of a cold.
The daily occurrences of incompetence, ineptitude and inadequacy are such features of, well, daily life that I am now letting them pass by without comment. So I have neglected to tell you about the Prison Officer who appeared over the videolink and candidly announced “We will probably run late with the links today, we are short of staff. Don’t blame me, blame the Government.” Which was fair enough.
On the subject of videolinks, I was remiss in not telling you of the videolink which commenced with the clerk…
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