Language Assistance Plan
Bothell Municipal Court provides interpreter services, free of charge, to limited English proficient (LEP), deaf, and hearing-impaired persons.
The court is guided by Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 2.42 and 2.43 and the Language Assistance Plan (LAP) for the Municipal Courts of King County and the Interpreter Payment Policy for the Municipal Courts of King County.
Washington State law secures the rights of deaf persons and/or other persons who, because of impairment of hearing or speech, are unable to readily understand or communicate spoken English and who consequently cannot be fully protected in legal proceedings unless qualified interpreters are available to assist them.
Washington State law secures the rights of persons who, because of a non-English speaking cultural background, are unable to readily understand or communicate in English and who consequently cannot be fully protected in legal proceedings unless qualified interpreters are available to assist them.
Code of Professional Responsibility for Judiciary Interpreters
Per General Rule (GR) 11, the use of qualified interpreters is authorized in judicial proceedings involving hearing impaired or non-English speaking individuals.
The purpose of this Code is to establish and maintain high standards of conduct to preserve the integrity and independence of the adjudicative system.
Washington State Interpreter Commission
The Washington State Interpreter Commission serves as a policy making and advisory body to Washington Courts, including the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), concerning court interpreters and language assistance in general. The Commission sets policy for the courts and the Court Interpreter Program, which is responsible for interpreter certification, registration, testing, continuing education, training, and discipline. The Commission is also responsible for strategic planning and working with educational institutions and other interpreter program stakeholder groups to develop resources to support court interpreting in Washington.