What Happens If I Have Difficulty Speaking English?

Posted on Friday, June 17th, 2016 at 2:00 pm    

“The Commission will provide interpreters at its expense when requested for non-English speaking parties and witnesses in the evidentiary hearing setting. In lieu of a Commission-provided interpreter, parties independently may obtain and use the services of a qualified interpreter of their own choosing and at their own expense. Such interpreters need not be certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia, but must be competent to serve.


Parties and counsel who desire a Commission-appointed interpreter should notify the office of the Deputy Commissioner to whom the case is assigned of the need for same as soon as possible but in any case at least 30 days prior to the scheduled hearing date.”


Commission-provided interpreters are not witnesses – they just facilitate the process. If an interpreter is needed but wasn’t requested in time – a continuance to allow time to find an interpreter may be allowed.

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