London, UK (Law Gazette): History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. As professional interpreters continue their de facto strike over the ongoing outsourcing shambles, Marx’s dictum sprang readily to mind. Last week’s collapsed trial at Snaresbrook over the difference in meaning between ‘beaten’ and ‘bitten’ follows an earlier charade at Ipswich where a solicitor was forced to resort to Google Translate. It is actually funny – or would be, were the consequences of this shocking state of affairs not so serious. How long before we end up with a serious miscarriage of justice?
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