Rep. Perez introduces bill protecting interpreters from testifying in criminal or civil courts
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Ramon A. Perez (D-Dist. 13, Providence, Johnston) has introduced legislation (2018-H 8006) that would provide that limited English proficient (LEP) interpreters shall not be compelled to testify in any civil or criminal action when such communication is privileged pursuant to statutory or common law.
“This bill will ensure that everyone is afforded the same legal protections in our justice system, regardless if they can speak English or not. Those who are in need of an interpreter during court proceedings should not have their attorney-client privilege torn to shreds because they need an interpreter to properly communicate,” said Representative Perez.
For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903