Failure to Provide Interpreter Services Could Cause Dismissal

State v. Jieta No. 77800-5 (February 10, 2020), Washington Court of Appeals, Division One.

Brief: The court did not err in applying CrRLJ 8.3(b) to dismiss the  defendant’s charges due to court mismanagement, because court administration was governmental in nature, and governmental misconduct for purposes of CrRLJ 8.3(b) could extend to mismanagement by court administration; the State did not establish that the court erred in its conclusion that CrRLJ 8.3(b) could extend to a court’s administrative mismanagement of its statutory obligation to provide translator services.

Translation: A court’s failure to provide interpreter services can be construed as governmental misconduct requiring dismissal if such misconduct prevents the accused from getting a fair trial.

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