State of South Dakota
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2012
HOUSE BILL NO. 1061
Introduced by: The Committee on Judiciary at the request of the Chief Justice
FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to amend certain provisions related to interpreter services
in the court system.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. That § 19-3-8 be repealed.
19-3-8. Any person may be subpoenaed by any court or judge to appear and act as interpreter
in any hearing. The subpoena shall be served and returned in the same manner as a subpoena
for a witness. Disobedience to such subpoena is contempt of the court.
Section 2. That § 19-14-4 be repealed.
19-14-4. An interpreter is subject to the provisions of chapter 19-15 relating to qualification
as an expert and the administration of an oath or affirmation that he will make a true translation.
Section 3. That § 19-14-4.1 be amended to read as follows:
19-14-4.1. The following oath, as appropriate to the circumstances, may be used
the requirements of § 19-14-4 for an interpreter:
You do solemnly swear that you will justly, truly, and impartially interpret to ____ the oath
about to be administered to him; and the questions which may be asked him and the answers
that he shall give to such questions, relative to the cause now under consideration before this
court (or officer), so help you God. I, ______________________, do solemnly swear (or affirm)
that I will justly, truly and impartially interpret, to the best of my skill and judgment, and will
make a true interpretation to any party or witness, the oath or affirmation administered in all
matters; the questions which may be asked and the answers that shall be given to such questions
and all statements relative to any [court proceedings, probation activities, or any other
proceeding] under consideration in which I am employed to interpret, so help me God (under
the pains and penalties of perjury).