546.44 QUALIFIED INTERPRETER.
Subdivision 1. Qualifications.
No person shall be appointed as a qualified interpreter
pursuant to sections
unless that person is readily able to communicate with
the disabled person, translate the proceedings for the disabled person, and accurately repeat
and translate the statements of the disabled person to the officials before whom the proceeding
is taking place.
Subd. 2. Oaths.
A qualified interpreter appointed pursuant to the provisions of sections
, before entering upon any duties shall take an oath promising, to the best of
skill and judgment, to make a true interpretation to the disabled person being examined of all the
proceedings, in a language which the person understands, and that the interpreter will repeat in
the English language the statements of the disabled person to the court or other official before
whom the proceeding is taking place.
Subd. 3. Fees and expenses.
The fees and expenses of a qualified interpreter shall be
determined by the presiding official and paid by the court, board, commission, agency, or licensing
authority before whom the proceeding is taking place. The fees and expenses of a qualified per
diem interpreter for a court must be paid by the state courts.
Subd. 4. Disclosure.
A person serving as an interpreter pursuant to sections
shall not, without the consent of the person disabled in communication, be allowed to disclose any
privileged communication made by the person or any privileged information gathered from the
person which was communicated or gathered during the time of service as the interpreter.
History: 1975 c 337 s 3; 1981 c 131 s 2; 1986 c 444; 1999 c 216 art 7 s 37; 2005 c 56 s 1