Court interpreter orientation requirement
The Kansas Judicial Branch Court Interpreter Orientation is a free, online orientation for foreign language court interpreters and translators and anyone else interested in the field. It is hosted by Johnson County Community College.
You must provide a copy of your certificate of completion of the online orientation to the local language access coordinator in at least one Kansas district court.
Language access coordinators by judicial district
Requirement begins July 1, 2021
If you are a foreign language court interpreter or translator, you must complete the online orientation before you can interpret or translate in a Kansas district court. This requirement is mandated by Kansas Supreme Court Rule 1705.
This requirement does not apply to an interpreter for the deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired. It also does not apply to an interpreter providing interpretation services from a remote location outside of Kansas.
Registration opens January 1, 2021
You may register for orientation beginning January 1, 2021.
Court Interpreter Orientation Registration Instructions
If you need help with registration, call:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday
Johnson County Community College
If you need technical support after you register, visit:
JCCC Technical Support Center
Certificate of completion
After you successfully complete the orientation, you will be able to download and print a certificate of completion. You must give a copy of your certificate of completion to at least one local language access coordinator for a Kansas district court.
Your name, email address, and confirmation that you successfully completed orientation will be given to the Office of Judicial Administration.
A certificate of completion is not Kansas court interpreter certification. The Kansas judicial branch does not currently offer court interpreter certification.
A certificate of completion does not guarantee you will receive interpretation assignments.
You are still required to have a judicial determination of interpreter qualifications, to take the interpreter's oath, and meet all other legal requirements for interpreters.
For answers to common questions about court interpreter requirements, visit:
Court Interpreter FAQ