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Civil Practice Law & Rules 3114
CPLR 3114: Examination of witness who does not understand the English language

CPLR 3114
Examination of witness who does not understand the English language.

If the witness to be examined does not understand the English language, the examining party must, at his own expense, provide a translation of all questions and answers. Where the court settles questions, it may settle them in the foreign language and in English. It may use the services of one or more experts whose compensation shall be paid by the party seeking the examination and may be taxed as a disbursement.

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