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PDFWAC 170-03-0130

Interpreter qualifications.

(1) OAH must provide a qualified interpreter to assist any person who:
(a) Has limited English proficiency; or
(b) Is limited English speaking or hearing impaired; and
(c) Is a party or witness in a hearing.
(2) OAH may hire or contract with persons to interpret at hearings.
(3) Relatives of any party and DEL employees may not be used as interpreters.
(4) The ALJ must determine, at the beginning of the hearing, if an interpreter can accurately interpret all communication for the person requesting the service.
(5) The parties or their representatives may question the interpreter's qualifications and ability to be impartial.
(6) If at any time before or during the hearing the ALJ finds that the interpreter does not provide accurate and effective communication, OAH must provide another interpreter.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.215 RCW, RCW 34.05.220, chapter 34.05 RCW, 2006 c 265. WSR 08-06-102, ยง 170-03-0130, filed 3/5/08, effective 4/5/08.]
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