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 Bill Status of HB3620  99th General Assembly


Short Description:  COURT INTERPRETERS-CIVIL CASES

House Sponsors
Rep. Cynthia Soto

Senate Sponsors
(Sen. Iris Y. Martinez , Don Harmon and Antonio Muņoz)

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  7/24/2015HousePublic Act . . . . . . . . . 99-0133

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
705 ILCS 78/10 new


Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Foreign Language Court Interpreter Act. Provides that whenever any person is party or witness in a civil action in this State, the court shall, upon its own motion or that of a party, determine whether the person is capable of understanding the English language and is capable of expressing himself or herself in the English language so as to be understood directly by counsel, court, or jury. Provides that if the court finds the person incapable of so understanding or so expressing himself or herself, the court shall appoint an interpreter for the person whom he or she can understand and who can understand him or her. Provides that the interpreter shall be sworn to truly interpret or translate all questions propounded or answers given as directed by the court. Provides that the court shall determine a reasonable fee for all interpreter services, which shall be paid out of the general county funds. Provides that "interpreter" includes a sign language interpreter.

House Committee Amendment No. 1
Provides that the amendatory Act applies only to the judicial circuits of the following counties: Will, Kane, DuPage, Lake, McHenry, and Cook.

House Floor Amendment No. 4
Deletes reference to:
705 ILCS 78/10 new
Adds reference to:
735 ILCS 5/8-1403 new

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Code of Civil Procedure. Provides that whenever any person is a party or witness in a civil action in this State, the court shall, upon its own motion or that of a party, determine whether the person is capable of understanding the English language and is capable of expressing himself or herself in the English language so as to be understood directly by counsel, court, or jury. Provides that if the court finds the person incapable of so understanding or so expressing himself or herself, the court shall appoint an interpreter for the person whom he or she can understand and who can understand him or her. Provides that the interpreter shall be sworn to truly interpret or translate all questions propounded or answers given as directed by the court. Provides that all appointments for court interpreters in civil matters shall be pursuant to the Illinois Supreme Court Language Access Policy and the judicial circuit's Language Access Plan that is appropriate for the demands and resources specific to the Illinois courts within that particular circuit. Provides that "interpreter" includes a sign language interpreter.

Actions 
DateChamber Action
  2/26/2015HouseFiled with the Clerk by Rep. Cynthia Soto
  2/26/2015HouseFirst Reading
  2/26/2015HouseReferred to Rules Committee
  3/10/2015HouseAssigned to Judiciary - Civil Committee
  3/20/2015HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Cynthia Soto
  3/20/2015HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee
  3/23/2015HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Rules Refers to Judiciary - Civil Committee
  3/25/2015HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Adopted in Judiciary - Civil Committee; by Voice Vote
  3/25/2015HouseDo Pass as Amended / Short Debate Judiciary - Civil Committee; 010-000-000
  3/25/2015HousePlaced on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
  4/17/2015HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Cynthia Soto
  4/17/2015HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Referred to Rules Committee
  4/20/2015HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Rules Refers to Judiciary - Civil Committee
  4/20/2015HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 3 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Cynthia Soto
  4/20/2015HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 3 Referred to Rules Committee
  4/21/2015HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Recommends Be Adopted Judiciary - Civil Committee; 006-004-000
  4/21/2015HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 3 Recommends Be Adopted Rules Committee; 004-000-000
  4/22/2015HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 4 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Cynthia Soto
  4/22/2015HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 4 Referred to Rules Committee
  4/22/2015HouseSecond Reading - Short Debate
  4/22/2015HouseHeld on Calendar Order of Second Reading - Short Debate
  4/23/2015HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 4 Recommends Be Adopted Rules Committee; 003-000-000
  4/23/2015HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Withdrawn by Rep. Cynthia Soto
  4/23/2015HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 3 Withdrawn by Rep. Cynthia Soto
  4/23/2015HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 4 Adopted
  4/23/2015HousePlaced on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
  4/24/2015HouseThird Reading - Short Debate - Passed 101-006-000
  4/28/2015SenateArrive in Senate
  4/28/2015SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of First Reading April 29, 2015
  4/29/2015SenateChief Senate Sponsor Sen. Iris Y. Martinez
  4/29/2015SenateFirst Reading
  4/29/2015SenateReferred to Assignments
  5/6/2015SenateAssigned to Judiciary
  5/13/2015SenateDo Pass Judiciary; 010-000-000
  5/13/2015SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading May 14, 2015
  5/14/2015SenateAdded as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Don Harmon
  5/18/2015SenateSecond Reading
  5/18/2015SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading May 19, 2015
  5/19/2015SenateAdded as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Antonio Muņoz
  5/19/2015SenateThird Reading - Passed; 054-001-000
  5/19/2015HousePassed Both Houses
  6/17/2015HouseSent to the Governor
  7/24/2015HouseGovernor Approved
  7/24/2015HouseEffective Date January 1, 2016
  7/24/2015HousePublic Act . . . . . . . . . 99-0133

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