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.