2017 ORS 45.273¹

(1) It is declared to be the policy of this state to secure the constitutional rights and other rights of persons who are unable to readily understand or communicate in the English language because of a non-English-speaking cultural background or a disability, and who as a result cannot be fully protected in administrative and court proceedings unless qualified interpreters are available to provide assistance.

(2) It is the intent of the Legislative Assembly in passing ORS 45.272 (Definitions for ORS 45.272 to 45.297) to 45.297 (Authority to enter into service contracts) to provide a procedure for the qualification and use of court interpreters. Nothing in ORS 45.272 (Definitions for ORS 45.272 to 45.297) to 45.297 (Authority to enter into service contracts) abridges the rights or obligations of parties under other laws or court rules. [1993 c.687 §1; 1999 c.1041 §1]

Notes of Decisions

Policy of state does not require appoint­ment of interpreter for non-English-speaking juror, and prospective jurors may be dismissed on basis that they do not speak English. State v. Haugen, 349 Or 174, 243 P3d 31 (2010)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 45—Testimony Generally, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors045.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 45, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano045.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
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