A screenshot of Google Translate rendering a legal question into Chinese. Google/Business Insider
A British court had to rely on Google Translate to communicate with a defendant who couldn’t speak English.
Officials at Teesside Magistrates’ Court failed to book an interpreter for Mandarin speaker Xiu Ping Yang at a hearing this week, according to the Law Gazette.
After the court’s clerk realised that they had no reliable way to communicate with her, they resorted to asking around in court to see whether anybody else could help.

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