Morrison v. Chang

Filing 17

ORDER granting 16 MOTION to Appoint Spanish Interpreter filed by Respondent Fany Damian Chang. The Court will arrange for the presence of a certified Spanish interpreter at the 3/28/2024 evidentiary hearing, to be charged to the public expense. Signed by Judge Richard A. Jones. (VE)

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Hon. Richard A. Jones 1 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 7 8 9 RYAN NEIL MORRISON, 10 11 12 Petitioner, v. No. 2:23-cr-001655-RAJ ORDER FANY DAMIAN CHANG, 13 Respondent. 14 15 THIS MATTER comes before the Court on Respondent’s Motion for 16 Appointment of Spanish Interpreter. Dkt. # 16. On October 30, 2023, Petitioner 17 Ryan Neil Morrison filed a Petition for Return of Children Under the Convention on 18 the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Dkt. # 1. On March 1, 2024, 19 this Court ordered that all parties appear for an evidentiary hearing on the Petition, 20 which is currently set for March 28, 2024 at 1:30 p.m., to conclude on March 29, 21 2024 at 9:00 a.m., if necessary. 22 23 24 25 26 Respondent now moves this Court to appoint an interpreter to assist her at the evidentiary hearing. Dkt. # 16. Respondent indicates that she does not have the financial means to secure an interpreter. Id. She resides in low-income housing, is employed as a preschool teacher earning $22.00 per hour, and has incurred significant debt related to legal proceedings. Id. ORDER - 1 1 Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 43(d) provides that the Court “may appoint 2 an interpreter of its choosing; fix reasonable compensation to be paid from funds 3 provided by law or by one or more of the parties; and tax the compensation as 4 costs.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 43(d). The nature of this proceeding, the central involvement 5 of at least one non-native-English speaker, and the importance of both parents’ 6 engagement in this matter require the use of an interpreter so that the Court may 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 properly and fully address all matters before it at the evidentiary hearing. The Court finds that the interests of justice and the efficient use of judicial resources are served by the appointment of a Spanish language interpreter. Having considered Respondent’s Motion and the remainder of the record, it is so ORDERED that Respondent’s Motion for Appointment of Spanish Interpreter is GRANTED. The Court will arrange for the presence of a certified Spanish interpreter at the March 28, 2024 hearing (to conclude on March 29, 2024, if necessary), to be charged to the public expense. 14 15 DATED this 26th day of March, 2024. 16 A 17 18 The Honorable Richard A. Jones United States District Judge 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 ORDER - 2

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