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SG 10-1103 Equal Access to Public Services for Individuals With Limited English Proficiency, COMAR Interpreters

Pursuant to COMAR a party requiring interpreter services for a witness with limited English proficiency must, within ten (10) days of the filing of issues, contact the Commission's Interpreter Program Office ("IPO") and identify each individual for whom an interpreter will be required. If there are multiple witnesses requiring interpretation, it may be necessary to schedule more than one interpreter to facilitate the hearing. Interpreter services will not be provided at the hearing for a previously unidentified witness with limited English proficiency.

The Commission shall take reasonable steps to provide a qualified interpreter at a hearing to a hearing-impaired or limited English proficient witness who makes a request within this time frame.
  • The party should submit a Request for Interpreter via the CompHub portal.

  •  If the requesting party is not a registered CompHub subscriber, they may email the Interpreter Program Office at

  • You must provide the claimant's name, WCC claim number, hearing date and location, how many witnesses require interpretation, the specific language and/or dialect if applicable, the requesting party's name (your name) and telephone number.

  • The Commission shall pay the fee for a qualified interpreter assigned by the Commission.

  • No party may provide his or her own interpreter.

  • Requesting attorneys may be assessed the interpreter minimum fee if a matter is resolved more than 2 days prior to the hearing and the interpreter is not cancelled.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who is considered limited English proficient as it relates to a hearing before the Commission?
A.  A limited English proficient individual is a person who is unable to speak, read, write or understand the English language at a level that permits him or her to understand and communicate effectively in a hearing before the Commission.

Q. What languages are available to witnesses through the Commission's Interpreter Program?
A. The Commission provides support for any language wherein a qualified interpreter is available. In addition to a staff interpreter, the Commission uses several approved contractors who provide interpreter services in a wide variety of languages.

Q. Is there a charge for this service?
A. The Commission pays for this service only if the Commission arranges for the interpreter. If an attorney representing either party chooses to bring their own court-certified interpreter, the Commission will not pay for this service. The Commissioner scheduled to hear the case must approve the use of an interpreter if it has not been secured by the Interpreter Program Office.

Q. How are requests for interpreter services made?
A. Requests for an interpreter can be made submitting an online Request for Interpreter via the CompHub portal.  If the requesting party is not a registered CompHub user, please send an email to the IPO office with the following info: the claimant's name, WCC claim number, hearing date and location, how many witnesses require interpretation, the specific language and/or dialect if applicable, the requesting party's name (your name) and telephone number. Parties must request such support within 10 days from the date that issues are filed. The Commission will not honor requests received after that date. We will accept requests from claimants, witnesses and their attorneys.

Q. What if the hearing is cancelled or continued and then rescheduled?
A. The Interpreter Program Office at the Commission should be contacted immediately when a hearing is continued so that the interpretive services may be cancelled in a timely manner. If a hearing is rescheduled and an interpreter is still needed, you must again request an interpreter for the rescheduled hearing date. A new reservation number will be provided. The Commission will not reschedule an interpreter for a hearing without a new request.

Q. Is the interpreter briefed on the case issues and does he/she talk to the person needing assistance before the hearing?
A. It is expected that the interpreter will meet the person needing assistance before the hearing and explain how the hearing process works with an interpreter and how they should interact with each other during the hearing. The interpreter is not to discuss or be briefed on the issues to be discussed in the hearing. The interpreter's role is solely to provide verbatim interpretation on what is said by the parties at the hearing. Interpreters are instructed to interpret only the spoken word, and under no circumstance, speak for the witness.

Q. What is the best way to find out the status of a claim or hearing?
A. Because many cases are settled or stipulated before hearing, claimants should contact their attorney first to obtain the most up-to-date information on a scheduled hearing. The Commission's automated telephone system provides hearing status on all cases. The system can be accessed at 410-864-5100 and selecting option '2' from the menu. If you are subscribed to CompHub you may also access current information about your claim.

Q. What if an interpreter is no longer needed?
A. Call the Interpreter Program Office (410-864-5299) immediately so that the interpretive services may be cancelled in a timely manner.  CompHub subscribers may file an online canecellation.

Q. When will my claim be scheduled for hearing?
A. Interpreter cases are set in the same manner as all other cases. On occasion, a hearing involving individuals who need interpreter services may need to be continued and rescheduled in order to provide adequate time for the case to be heard. 

Interpreter Program Contact Information

Telephone: (410) 864-5299
Address:  Workers' Compensation Commission
Attn: Interpreter Program Office
10 E. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, Md. 21202