TO: Joint Procedure Committee
FROM: Mike Hagburg
DATE: September 13, 2017
RE: Rule 43, N.D.R.Civ.P., Evidence; Rule 28, N.D.R.Crim.P., Interpreters; Rule 50, N.D.Sup.Ct.Admin.R., Court Interpreter Qualifications and Procedures
Unit 1 court administrator Scott Johnson has suggested some changes to the rules relating to interpreters, specifically adding jurors to the list of people who may receive interpreter services. He also suggests that a paragraph referring to the new sexual assault restraining order statute, N.D.C.C. § 12.1-31-01.2, be added to Rule 50. His email is attached.
A recent Minnesota case in which a hearing impaired juror was excused, against his wishes, from a grand jury has brought attention to the issue of jury service by hearing impaired people. An article on the case is attached. Another attached article about a case in which a hearing impaired person was chosen to serve on a jury shows the need for interpreter assistance in such cases.
Proposed amendments to Rule 43 and Rule 28 are attached. The amendments add jurors to the list of people who may receive interpreter services.
Proposed amendments to Rule 50 are attached, adding jurors to the list of people who may receive interpreter services and also adding a new paragraph relating to sexual assault restraining order proceedings.