H.B. No. 1642
relating to the appointment of interpreters for judicial
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 57.002, Government Code, is amended by
amending Subsection (c) and adding Subsections (d) and (e) to read
(c) Subject to Subsection (e), in [
In] a county with a
population of less than 50,000, a court may appoint a spoken
language interpreter who is not a certified or licensed court
(d) Subject to Subsection (e), in a county with a population
of 50,000 or more, a court may appoint a spoken language interpreter
who is not a certified or licensed court interpreter if:
(1) the language necessary in the proceeding is a
language other than Spanish; and
(2) the court makes a finding that there is no licensed
court interpreter within 75 miles who can interpret in the language
that is necessary in a proceeding.
(e) A person appointed under Subsection (c) or (d) [ and
(1) must be [ is] qualified by the court as an expert
under the Texas Rules of Evidence;
(2) must be [ is] at least 18 years of age; and
(3) may [ is] not be a party to the proceeding.
SECTION 2. The change in law made by this Act applies only
to the appointment of a court interpreter under Chapter 57,
Government Code, as amended by this Act, on or after the effective
date of this Act. The appointment of a court interpreter before the
effective date of this Act is governed by the law in effect when the
interpreter was appointed, and the former law is continued in
effect for that purpose.
SECTION 3. This Act takes effect September 1, 2005.
President of the Senate Speaker of the House
I certify that H.B. No. 1642 was passed by the House on April
20, 2005, by a non-record vote.
Chief Clerk of the House
I certify that H.B. No. 1642 was passed by the Senate on May
24, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0.
Secretary of the Senate