Why the Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel Includes an Out-of-Court Interpreter

Author:Kate O. Rahel
Position:J.D. Candidate, The University of Iowa College of Law, 2014; B.A., Kenyon College, 2009

The Sixth Amendment provides defendants the right to confer with counsel before trial and during recesses. The federal and most state court systems provide a court interpreter for in-court proceedings for indigent defendants who cannot speak English. However, neither the federal nor state systems provide an interpreter for out-of-court communications between attorneys and limited English... (see full summary)

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