Rule 509-1. Sign language interpreter privilege
(1) As used in this section:
(a) “Person with a disability” means a person who cannot readily understand or communicate the spoken English language, or cannot understand proceedings in which the person is involved, because of deafness or because of a physical hearing impairment or cannot communicate in the proceedings because of a physical speaking impairment.
(b) “Sign language interpreter” or “interpreter” means a person who translates conversations or other communications for a person with a disability or translates the statements of a person with a disability.
(2) A person with a disability has a privilege to refuse to disclose and to prevent a sign language interpreter from disclosing any communications to which the person with a disability was a party that were made while the interpreter was providing interpretation services for the person with a disability. The privilege created by this section extends only to those communications between a person with a disability and another, and translated by the interpreter, that would otherwise be privileged under ORS 40.225 (Rule 503. Lawyer-client privilege) to 40.295 (Rule 514. Effect on existing privileges). [1993 c.179 §2; 2007 c.70 §11]
Note: 40.272 (Rule 509-1. Sign language interpreter privilege) was added to and made a part of 40.225 (Rule 503. Lawyer-client privilege) to 40.295 (Rule 514. Effect on existing privileges) by legislative action but was not added to any smaller series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.
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