Legal Language Services ranks Arkansas as a state with moderately regulated legal interpreting requirements.
With the exception of misdemeanor and felony arraignments, certified interpreters are required in Arkansas courts.
Please be aware that some counties in Arkansas may have specific legal interpreting regulations in addition to the statewide requirements.
Arkansas state authorities periodically offer exams, both written and oral, for certification based on the guidelines of the Consortium for State Court Interpreter Certification.
There are certified interpreters on the Arkansas registry in the following languages:
The Arkansas Judicial Department defines legal interpreters in the following three ways:
According to a recent American Community Survey, approximately 6.61% of the Arkansas population speaks a language other than English.
What’s more, almost 90% of the non-English speaking population in Arkansas speaks one of the following 10 languages:
Other languages spoken in Arkansas include Korean, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Urdu, Portuguese, Telugu, Dutch, Romanian, Tamil, Cherokee, Kru/Ibo/Yoruba, Pennsylvania Dutch, Persian, Russian, Malayalam, Polish and Turkish.
*This table was created based on respondents’ written answers, the majority of whom wrote “Chinese” while others specified “Cantonese” or “Mandarin.”
In addition to the statewide requirements, some counties in Arkansas may have additional legal interpreting regulations.
There are 28 judicial districts in Arkansas that encompass 75 counties:
Call Legal Language Services at 1-800-788-0450 to find Arkansas interpreters who meet state interpreting rules for courtroom trials, hearings, depositions, arbitrations and other legal proceedings.
The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information about legal interpreting guidelines in Arkansas is believed to be accurate at the time of posting; however, Legal Language Services is not responsible for any errors or omissions.