Legal Language Services ranks Kansas as a state with lightly regulated legal interpreting requirements.
Kansas does not require certified interpreters for any legal proceeding, nor does the state offer certification in any language. However, a free, online court interpreter orientation is in development.
The Kansas Judicial Department defines legal interpreters in the following two ways:
According to a recent American Community Survey, approximately 10.52% of the Kansas population speaks a language other than English.
What’s more, almost 87% of the non-English speaking population in Kansas speaks one of the following 10 languages:
Other languages spoken in Kansas include Hindi, Telugu, Russian, Japanese, Hmong, Bengali, Mandarin, Italian, Amharic, Persian, Kru/Ibo/Yoruba, Tamil, Portuguese, Urdu, Thai, Panjabi, Malayalam, Gujarathi and Cushite.
*This table was created based on respondents’ written answers, the majority of whom wrote “Chinese” while others specified “Cantonese” or “Mandarin.”
Legal interpreting requirements can vary by district in Kansas. This state has 31 judicial districts that encompass 105 counties:
Call Legal Language Services at 1-800-788-0450 to find Kansas 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 Kansas is believed to be accurate at the time of posting; however, Legal Language Services is not responsible for any errors or omissions.