2018 Maryland Code
Criminal Procedure
Title 1 - Definitions; General Provisions
Subtitle 2 - General Provisions
§ 1-202. Interpreters for criminal proceedings

  • (a) When appointment required. --

    • (1) The court shall appoint a qualified interpreter to help a defendant in a criminal proceeding throughout any criminal proceeding when the defendant:

      • (i) is deaf; or

      • (ii) cannot readily understand or communicate the English language and cannot understand a charge made against the defendant or help present the defense.

    • (2) On application of a victim or victim's representative, as defined in ยง 11-104(a) of this article, the court shall appoint a qualified interpreter to help the victim or the victim's representative throughout any criminal proceeding when the victim or the victim's representative:

      • (i) is deaf; or

      • (ii) cannot readily understand or communicate the English language.

  • (b) Compensation and expenses. -- The court shall give an interpreter appointed under this section:

    • (1) compensation for services in an amount equal to that provided for interpreters of languages other than English; and

    • (2) reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of services.

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