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Lost in translation: the case of the missing interpreters

The controversy surrounding the appointment of a central agency to provide interpreters for court proceedings shows no sign of abating, if a report in the Law Society Gazette is anything to go by.

According to the journal, a clerk at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court resorted to using Google Translate to pass details of a Lithuanian defendant’s next hearing when no interpreter could be supplied by the contractor, Applied Language Solutions (ALS). Ironically, ALS includes Google among its list of private-sector clients.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 March 2012 09:26


Bar Council urges Government to protect legal privilege

Michael Todd QCThe Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has urged the Government to protect the fundamental right of citizens to hold private conversations with their lawyers. The call follows a report published by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) on the use of undercover police officers.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 March 2012 09:27


SecurEnvoy says Stratfor user credential analysis shows that password security is now dead in the water

Commenting on reports that Utah Valley University researchers have analysed the many hundreds of thousands of Stratfor user account credentials which were hacked by Anonymous late last year due to weak passwords, SecurEnvoy says this proves the fact that the human element in security is now the weakest link.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 March 2012 09:28


How Lawrence Case Hinged On New Forensics

Your Expert Witness Stephen Lawrence jacketThe public had last seen Gary Dobson and David Norris in 1998, running a gauntlet of hate after appearing at the judicial inquiry into the first, failed police investigation.

They and the other three original suspects were jeered and spat at as they left the hearing and Norris lashed out at someone as he left.

Then, as now, the two men denied any part in the murder of Stephen Lawrence. Stephen, 18, was an A-level student who was planning to be an architect.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:37


Judges will decide who can tweet from court

Your Expert Witness twitterDespite uncertainty over who's a legal commentator or journalist and who isn't, Lord Judge's guidance shouldn't lead to problems

Today's guidance on the use of Twitter from the courts of England and Wales says that a member of the public wishing to use a mobile phone or similar device to send live text-based reports must ask permission first. They can make a formal application to the court or ask informally through court staff.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:39