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Court Interpreting

Update on the Standards for Sign Language Interpreters in Washington Courts

The department is amending Washington Administrative Code (WAC) Chapter 388-818, formally establishing standards for sign language interpreters to interpret in legal proceedings. Other related changes during this rule-making process have been incorporated. The final draft has been submitted to Rules and Policy Administration Unit (RPAU) which serves as the centralized source of information for all DSHS rules for the public and DSHS staff. The links are given below.

The draft rules will be published in the Washington State Register on September 17, 2014

Proposed Rules and Public Hearings:

Please feel free to join the Rules and Policy Administration Unit ListServ ( ) and subscribe to any rule changes that will impact the Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 

If you have questions or want more information, please contact Berle Ross at or call 360-339-4559 (V/VP).