Government gags magistrates over interpreter ‘fiasco’ in courts
Court clerks ‘silenced’ as Ministry of Justice stops data on ALS ‘failures’ going to inquiryBy Alex Varley-Winter | 15 November 2012
It is horrendous what is going on in terms of gagging
Klasiena Slaney, director, Society of Official Metropolitan Interpreters
Magistrates have been gagged in an attempt to conceal embarrassing details of problems with court interpreters following privatisation of translation services in England and Wales.
Exaro can reveal that the government clampdown has prevented magistrates from supplying crucial data to an inquiry into translation services for courts, which is being held by MPs on the House of Commons justice committee.
Court clerks are even complaining that the Ministry of Justice has banned them from expressing their opinions on the privatised services – under the Official Secrets Act.
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