Joke Of The Week: Barrister Gets Court Chuckling With Interpreter Gag

Lawyers aren’t always that funny. Remember the “iPad oxygen” quip made by Stephen Miller QC at an inquest for a man who’d died in hospital after equipment failures?

But I’m happy to report that yesterday Miller’s fellow barrister Andrew Dallas proved some members of the legal profession have a decent sense of humour.

After Karel Novotny, who speaks no English, had his hearing at Bradford Crown Court adjourned for a second time earlier this week because, once again, no interpreter had turned up, Dallas asked:

“Is it quicker if I learned Czech?”

After the laughter subsided, Judge Durham Hall said a wasted costs order would be made against Applied Language Solutions subject to any further representations from them.

One Response to “Joke Of The Week: Barrister Gets Court Chuckling With Interpreter Gag”

  1. Geoffrey

    Has anybody made a complaint to ALS and/or the MoJ? This is essential.
    What about contempt of court? Was an ALS interpreter requested? Was the request accepted? These people must be held to account.