Court Appointed Interpreters Now Required for Victims

Effective October 1, 2012, Maryland’s current law related to court appointed interpreters for a party or a witness in a judicial proceeding is expanded to include a victim or a victim’s representative in a criminal proceeding. The prior law required that the court appoint interpreters, upon request of any party, for all parties and witnesses in judicial proceedings, including defendants in criminal proceedings, if they were deaf or couldn’t easily understand or communicate the English language. The new language grants victims the same opportunity to fully participate in and understand the proceedings. Md. Code Ann. [Crts. & Jud.] 9-114(a) and [Crim. Proc.] 1-202 and 3-103.