A High Court judge was furious when an interpreter failed to attend a hearing involving a quadruple murder suspect.
Mr Justice Julian Flaux said it was a “complete disgrace”.
Chinese businessman Anxiang Du, 54, is accused of murdering a university lecturer, his wife and their two daughters in May 2011.
Du, who was extradited to the UK from Morocco, is yet to enter a plea to the charges.
Mr Justice Flaux said his clerk had been told it was “not worthwhile” for an interpreter to attend Nottingham Crown Court, because they would “not make enough money”.
Adjourning the hearing for two months, Mr Justice Flaux said: “I will be asking for a written explanation.”