At the time of the 2011 Census, there were some 521,000 Polish-born people resident in the UK, making them the third largest foreign born community after Irish and Indian born people in Britain.
This being so, it’s surprising that Capita T&I cannot find sufficient Polish interpreters to attend court for work.
Yesterday’s Echo, which covers the Southend on Sea and Basildon areas, reported that the case of a man charged with with a robbery that left a woman seriously hurt in her own home and its adjournment.
Marcine Stecki, 21, of no fixed abode, is charged with one count of robbery and possessing an offensive weapon after a robbery on 24th July in Leigh, Essex. Stecki appeared at Basildon Crown Court on Monday for a plea and case management hearing.
The reason why this case was adjourned until 13th January was that old favourite: no interpreter available.
As interpreter Katya Ford remarked on Twitter today:
if Capita regularly fail to provide a Polish interpreter, imagine what it must be like for rarer languages!
Hat tip: RPSI Linguist Lounge