Senate passes Quezada bill protecting interpreters from being forced to testify
STATE HOUSE — The Senate today passed legislation introduced by Sen. Ana B. Quezada (D-Dist. 2, Providence) that would protect the confidentiality of interpreters and their clients.
The legislation (2018-S 2823) would provide that a Limited English Efficient interpreter shall not be compelled to testify in any civil or criminal action wherein communication is privileged pursuant to statutory or common law.
“The communication between a person and an interpreter is just as important in our legal system as attorney/client privilege,” said Senator Quezada. “Compelling an interpreter to testify against someone — especially when that person does not understand the nuances of the language — would be just as absurd as compelling an attorney to testify against a client.”
The measure now moves to the House of Representatives, where similar legislation (2018-H 8006) has been introduced by Rep. Ramon A. Perez (D-Dist. 13, Providence, Johnston).
For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903