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Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

Volume I

Transmittal No. I-2-153

Chapter: I-2-6

Subject: Conduct of Hearings


This transmittal amends section I-2-6-10 of the Hearings, Appeals and Litigation Law (HALLEX) manual to make a minor clarification regarding the need for an interpreter at an administrative law judge (ALJ) hearing.

Explanation of Content and Changes

In addition to minor editorial corrections throughout HALLEX I-2-6-10, this issuance amends subsection A to clarify that an ALJ will ensure a qualified interpreter is present throughout the hearing if the claimant or appointed representative requests an interpreter. We also clarified that even when a claimant does not request an interpreter, if it becomes clear during a hearing that a claimant has difficulty understanding or communicating in English, an ALJ will ensure a qualified interpreter is present through the remainder of the hearing. Finally, we clarified that the criteria for assessing the need for an interpreter is distinct from vocational factors assessed at the hearing.

Date: October 6, 2015