RULE 604. INTERPRETER
An interpreter must be qualified and must give an oath or affirmation to make a true translation.
Rule 604 was amended, effective March 1, 1990; March 1, 2014.
This rule includes within the Rules of Evidence that which exists in North Dakota law. N.D.C.C. § 31-01-11 provides for the appointment of interpreters and for their oath while N.D.C.C. ch. 28-33 provides additional standards for interpreters for deaf persons.
Rule 604 was amended, effective March 1, 1990. The amendment is technical in nature and no substantive change is intended.
Rule 604 was amended, effective March 1, 2014, in response to the December 1, 2011, revision of the Federal Rules of Evidence. The language and organization of the rule were changed to make the rule more easily understood and to make style and terminology consistent throughout the rules. There is no intent to change any result in any ruling on evidence admissibility.
SOURCES: Joint Procedure Committee Minutes of September 27, 2012, pages 5-6; April 26-27, 2012, pages 22-23; March 24-25, 1988, page 12; December 3, 1987, page 15; April 8, 1976, page 27. Fed.R.Ev. 604; Rule 604, SBAND proposal.
CONSIDERED: N.D.C.C. ch. 28-33; §§ 31-01-11, 31-01-12.
Cross Reference: N.D.R.Civ.P. 43 (Evidence); N.D.R.Crim.P. 28 (Interpreters); N.D.R.Ct. 6.10 (Courtroom Oaths); N.D.Sup.Ct.Admin.R. 50 (Court Interpreter Qualifications and Procedures).