A very serious indictment of court interpreters' services in the Toronto area from the Attorney General's offices:
The results of a controversial test for court interpreters in the Toronto area could lead to widespread delays in trials and new grounds of appeal for defendants convicted of serious crimes.
Nearly half of all court interpreters in the Greater Toronto Area, some with more than two decades of experience, were informed this week they had failed a new test administered last year.
Of the 225 people tested, 108 did not receive a passing grade, according to the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney-General. Many more received a conditional pass. The province declined to reveal exactly how many interpreters met the standard for full accreditation.
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto