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  476.760.  Privileged communications — commencement of proceedings, requirement — waiver of right, requirement — fees — payment. — 1.  All communications between a deaf person and such person's attorney through the use of auxiliary aids and services shall be protected as privileged communications in the same manner as communications between an attorney and such attorney's hearing client.  The auxiliary aids and services provider cannot be compelled to testify as to the information retained.

  2.  In any action or proceeding in which an auxiliary aids and services provider is required to be appointed, the court or administrative authority may not commence proceedings until the appointed auxiliary aids and services provider are in full view or spatially situated to assure proper communication with the deaf person or persons involved as participants.

  3.  No waiver of the right to auxiliary aids and services by a deaf person shall be valid unless that deaf person knowingly and voluntarily signs a written waiver.  Such waiver is subject to the approval of counsel to the deaf person.  If no counsel is used, then it is subject to the approval of the designated responsible authority.  In no event is the failure of the deaf person to request a qualified interpreter and auxiliary aids and services provider deemed a waiver of that right.

  4.  An auxiliary aids and services provider appointed pursuant to sections 476.750 to 476.766 is entitled to a reasonable fee for such provider's service, including waiting time, necessary travel expenses and subsistence expenses.  The fee may be based on a fee schedule for interpreters and auxiliary aids and services recommended by the Missouri commission for the deaf and hard of hearing.  Reimbursements for necessary travel and subsistence expenses shall be at the rates provided by law for state employees.

  5.  The fees and expenses of providers of auxiliary aids and services who serve before any civil court or criminal, civil or juvenile proceeding are payable from funds appropriated to the office of the state courts administrator.

  6.  At no time shall any deaf person involved in a proceeding or action as provided for in sections 476.750 to 476.766 assume any portion of the cost for an interpreter or auxiliary aids and services nor shall the court, board, commission, department, agency or legislative body assess the cost for an interpreter or auxiliary aids and services to the cost of such proceedings.

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(L. 1993 S.B. 88 § 7, A.L. 1999 S.B. 1, et al., A.L. 2002 H.B. 1783)


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