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How Do Kansas District Courts Work?

The Kansas District Courts are trial courts with general jurisdiction over most criminal and civil cases that other courts in the state judicial system exercise no jurisdiction over. They typically handle divorces, guardianship, felony cases, juvenile matters, small claims, etc. They may also be divided into specialized court divisions based on different case types they address. These divisions include;

  • Civil division
  • Criminal division
  • Domestic relations division
  • Probate division
  • Juvenile division
  • Limited Actions division (for small claims and traffic cases)
  • Drug Court or Youth Court

District court cases are typically presided over by single judges and jury trials, depending on the case type. There are two types of judges in Kansas District courts: the district judges and district magistrate judges. District judges exercise full authority over all cases brought before the court. In contrast, district magistrate judges have limited jurisdiction and preside over particular cases such as uncontested divorces and preliminary examinations in criminal cases.

According to state laws, persons appointed as district judges or magistrate judges must meet the following requirements;

  • Must be between 30 - 75 years old
  • Must have engaged in law practice in the state for at least five years as a lawyer, full-time teacher in an accredited law school, or as a Judge
  • Must be resident of the judicial district of appointment

The district court judges are selected by merit selection/political appointment or partisan election, depending on the district. Kansas is divided into 31 districts, 17 appoint district court judges through merit or commission selection, while others go through partisan elections. Regardless of the method of appointment, the selected district court judge serves a four-year term.

With the merit selection method, a judicial nominating committee of resident lawyers interviews candidates and nominates three of them to the governor. In turn, the governor appoints the individual that eventually fills the vacancy. After the first year in office, the assigned judge must stand for retention election within the district, and if the votes favor retention, the judge then serves a full four-year term. On the other hand, judges elected via partisan elections are chosen and retained through primary and general elections.

The Kansas Office of Judicial Administration is an online repository for district court records in the state. Inquirers can request records on the agency’s website for $1.50 per search. Public district court records are also available on the Kansas District Court Public Access Portal for a fee. Note, case files sealed by judicial order or exempted from public disclosure under the Kansas Open Records Act are inaccessible on these platforms. However, not all district courts in the state maintain their records online. Hence, requesters may also visit the courthouses in person to retrieve court documents.

1st Judicial District- Atchison and Leavenworth counties

Atchison County Courthouse

423 N 5th Street

P. O. Box 408

Atchison, KS 66002

Phone: (913) 804–6066

Fax: (913) 367–1171

Leavenworth County Courthouse

601 S 3rd St Suite 3051

Leavenworth, KS 66048–2868

Phone: (913) 684–0700

Fax: (913) 684–0492

2nd Judicial District- Jackson, Jefferson, Pottawatomie, and Wabaunsee counties

Jackson County Courthouse

400 New York Room 311

Holton, KS 66436

Phone: (785) 364–2191

Fax: (785) 364–3804

Jefferson County Courthouse

300 Jefferson

P. O. Box 327

Oskaloosa, KS 66066

Phone: (785) 863–2461

Fax: (785) 863–2369

Pottawatomie County Courthouse

106 Main Street

P. O. Box 129

Westmoreland, KS 66549

Phone: (785) 457–3392

Fax: (785) 457–2107

Wabaunsee County Courthouse

215 Kansas

Alma, KS 66401

Phone: (785) 765–2406

Fax: (785) 765–2487

3rd Judicial District- Shawnee County

Shawnee County Courthouse

200 SE 7th Street

Suite 209

Topeka, KS 66603

Phone: (785) 251–6700

Fax: (785) 251–4908

4th Judicial District- Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, and Osage counties

Anderson County Courthouse

100 E 4th

P. O. Box 305

Garnett, KS 66032

Phone: (785) 448–6886

Fax: (785) 448–3230

Coffey County Courthouse

110 S 6th St, Ste 102

Burlington, KS 66839–1798

Phone: (620) 364–8628

Fax: (620) 364–8535

Franklin County Courthouse

301 S Main

P. O. Box 637

Ottawa, KS 66067–0637

Phone: (785) 242–6000

Fax: (785) 242–5970

Osage County Courthouse

717 Topeka Ave

P. O. Box 549

Lyndon, KS 66451

Phone: (785) 828–4713

Fax: (785) 828–4704

5th Judicial District- Chase and Lyon counties

Chase County Courthouse

300 Pearl

P. O. Box 529

Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845

Phone: (620) 273–6319

Fax: (620) 273–6890

Lyon County Courthouse

430 Commercial

Emporia, KS 66801

Phone: (620) 341–3280

Fax: (620) 341–3497

6th Judicial District- Bourbon, Linn, and Miami counties

Bourbon County Courthouse

210 S National

P. O. Box 868

Fort Scott, KS 66701

Phone: (620) 223–0780

Fax: (620) 223–5303

Linn County Courthouse

318 Chestnut

P. O. Box 350

Mound City, KS 66056

Phone: (913) 795–2660

Fax: (913) 795–2004

Miami County Courthouse

120 S Pearl

Paola, KS 66071

Phone: (913) 294–3326

Fax: (913) 294–2535

7th Judicial District- Douglas

Douglas County Courthouse

111 E 11th

Lawrence, KS 66044–2966

Phone: (785) 832–5256

Fax: (785) 832–5174

8th Judicial District- Dickinson, Geary, Marion, and Morris county

Dickinson County Courthouse

109 E 1st

P. O. Box 127

Abilene, KS 67410

Phone: (785) 263–3142

Fax: (785) 263–4407

Geary County Courthouse

138 E 8th

Junction City, KS 66441

Phone: (785)–762–5221

Fax: (785) 762–4420

Marion County Courthouse

200 S 3rd Suite 201

Marion, KS 66861

Phone: (620) 382–2104

Fax: (620) 382–2259

Morris County Courthouse

501 W Main

Council Grove, KS 66846

Phone: (620) 767–6838

Fax: (620) 767–6488

9th Judicial District- Harvey and McPherson counties

Harvey County Courthouse

8th and Main

P. O. Box 665

Newton, KS 67114

Phone: (316) 284–6824

Fax: (316) 283–4601

McPherson County Courthouse

117 N Maple St

P. O. Box 1106

McPherson, KS 67460

Phone: (620) 241–3422

Fax: (620) 241–1372

10th Judicial District- Johnson county.

Johnson County Courthouse

100 N Kansas Ave

Olathe, KS 66061–3273

Phone: (913) 715–3500

Fax: (913) 715–3401

Johnson County Courthouse

588 E. Santa Fe Ste 4000

Olathe, KS 66061–3448

Phone: (913) 715–7400

Fax: (913) 715–7420

11th Judicial District- Cherokee, Crawford, and Labette counties

Cherokee County Courthouse

110 W Maple

P. O. Box 189

Columbus, KS 66725

Phone: (620) 429–3880

Fax: (620) 429–1130

Crawford County Courthouse

602 N Locust

Pittsburg, KS 66762

Phone: (620) 231–0380

Fax: (620) 231–0316

Crawford County Courthouse

111 E. Forest- 3rd Floor

Girard, KS 66743

Phone: (620) 724–6212

Fax: (620) 724–4987

Labette County Courthouse

201 S Central

Parsons, KS 67357

Phone: (620) 421–4120

Fax: (620) 421–3633

Labette County Courthouse

517 Merchant Street

Oswego, KS 67356

Phone: (620) 795–4533

Fax: (620) 795–3056

12th Judicial District- Cloud, Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Republic, and Washington.

Cloud County Courthouse

811 Washington Suite P

Concordia, KS 66901

Phone: (785) 243–8124

Fax: (785) 243–8188

Jewell County Courthouse

307 N Commercial

Mankato, KS 66956

Phone: (785) 378–4030

Fax: (785) 378–4035

Lincoln County Courthouse

216 E Lincoln Avenue

Lincoln, KS 67455

Phone: (785) 524–4057

Fax: (785)524–3204

Mitchell County Courthouse

115 S Hersey

Beloit, KS 67420

Phone: (785) 738–3753

Fax: (785) 738–4101

Republic County Courthouse

1815 M Street

P. O. Box 8

Belleville, KS 66935

Phone: (785) 527–7234

Fax: (785) 527–5029

Washington County Courthouse

214 C Street

Washington, KS 66968

Phone: (785) 325–2381

Fax: (785) 325–2557

13th Judicial District- Butler, Elk, and Greenwood counties

Butler County Courthouse

201 W Pine Suite 101

El Dorado, KS 67042–2947

Phone: (316) 322–4370

Fax: (316) 321–9486

Elk County Courthouse

127 N Pine PO Box 306

Howard, KS 67349

Phone: (620)–374–2370

Fax: (620) 374–3531

Greenwood County Courthouse

311 N Main

Eureka, KS 67045

Phone: (620) 583–8153

Fax: (620) 583–6818

14th Judicial District- Chautauqua and Montgomery

Chautauqua County Courthouse

215 N Chautauqua St Box 306

Sedan, KS 67361

Phone: (620) 725–5870

Fax: (620) 725–3027

Montgomery County Courthouse

300 E Main St Suite 201

Independence, KS 67301

Phone: (620) 330–1070

Fax: (620) 331–6120

Montgomery County Courthouse

102 W. 7th, Suite A

Coffeyville, KS 67337

Phone: (620) 251–1060

Fax: (620) 251–2734

15th Judicial District- Cheyenne, Logan, Rawlins, Sheridan, Sherman, Thomas, and Wallace counties

212 E Washington

St Francis, KS 67756

P. O. Box 646

Phone: (785) 332–8850

Fax: (785) 332–8851

Logan County Courthouse

710 W 2nd

Oakley, KS 67748

Phone: (785) 671–3654

Fax: (785) 671–3517

Rawlins County Courthouse

607 Main #F

Atwood, KS 67730

Phone: (785) 626–3465

Fax: (785) 626–3350

Sheridan County Courthouse

925 9th Street

Hoxie, KS 67740

P. O. Box 753

Phone: (785) 675–3451

Fax: (785) 675–2256

Sherman County Courthouse

813 Broadway Room 201

Goodland, KS 67735

Phone: (785) 890–4850

Fax: (785) 890–4858

Thomas County Courthouse

300 N Court

Colby, KS 67701

P. O. Box 805

Phone: (785) 460–4540

Fax: (785) 460–2291

Wallace County Courthouse

P. O. Box 8 313 Main

Sharon Springs, KS 67758

Phone: (785) 852–4289

Fax: (785) 852–4271

16th Judicial District- Clark, Comanche, Ford, Gray, Kiowa, and Meade counties

Clark County Courthouse

913 Highland

P. O. Box 790

Ashland, KS 67831

Phone: (620) 635–2753

Fax: (620) 635–2155

Comanche County Courthouse

201 S New York

P. O. Box 722

Coldwater, KS 67029

Phone: (620) 582–2182

Fax: (620) 582–2603

Ford County Courthouse

101 W Spruce

P. O. Box 197

Dodge City, KS 67801

Phone: (620) 227–4609

Fax: (620) 227–6799

Gray County Courthouse

300 S Main

P. O. Box 487

Cimarron, KS 67835

Phone: (620) 855–3812

Fax: (620) 855–7037

Kiowa County Courthouse

211 E Florida

Greensburg, KS 67054

Phone: (620) 723–3317

Fax: (620) 723–2970

Meade County Courthouse

200 N Fowler

P. O. Box 623

Meade, KS 67864

Phone: (620) 873–8750

Fax: (620) 873–8759

17th Judicial District- Decatur, Graham, Norton, Osborne, Philips, and Smith counties

Decatur County Courthouse

120 E Hall St

P. O. Box 89

Oberlin, KS 67749

Phone: (785) 475–8107

Fax: (785) 475–8170

Graham County Courthouse

410 N Pomeroy

Hill City, KS 67642

Phone: (785) 421–3458

Fax: (785) 421–5463

Norton County Courthouse

101 S Kansas

P. O. Box 70

Norton, KS 67654

Phone: (785) 877–5720

Fax: (785) 877–5722

Osborne County Courthouse

423 W Main

P. O. Box 160

Osborne, KS 67473–0160

Phone: (785) 346–5911

Fax: (785) 346–5992

Phillips County Courthouse

301 State St

P. O. Box 564

Phillipsburg, KS 67661–0564

Phone: (785) 543–6830

Fax: (785) 543–6832

Smith County Courthouse

218 S Grant

P. O. Box 273

Smith Center, KS 66967–0273

Phone: (785) 282–5140

Fax: (785) 282–5145

18th Judicial District- Sedgwick county

Sedgwick County Courthouse

525 N Main

Wichita, KS 67203–3773

Phone: (316) 660–5801

Fax: (316) 660–5784

19th Judicial District- Cowley county

Cowley County Courthouse

311 E 9th

P. O. Box 472

Winfield, KS 67156

Phone: (620) 221–5480

Fax: (620) 221–1097

20th Judicial District- Barton, Ellsworth, Rice, Russell and Stafford counties.

Barton County District Court

Barton County Courthouse

1400 Main Room 306

Great Bend, KS 67530–4098

Phone: (620) 793–1856

Fax: (620) 793–1860

Ellsworth County Courthouse

210 N Kansas Ave

Ellsworth, KS 67439–3118

Phone: (785) 472–4052

Fax: (785) 472–5712

Rice County Courthouse

101 W Commercial St 3rd Floor

Lyons, KS 67554–2797

Phone: (620) 257–2383

Fax: (620) 257–3826

Russell County Courthouse

401 N Main St

P. O. Box 876

Russell, KS 67665–0876

Phone: (785) 483–5641

Fax: (785) 483–2448

Stafford County Courthouse

209 N Broadway

P. O. Box 365

St John, KS 67576–0365

Phone: (620) 549–3295

Fax: (620) 549–3298

21st Judicial District- Clay and Riley counties

Clay County Courthouse

712 5th St Ste 204

Clay Center, KS 67432

Phone: (785) 632–3443

Fax: (785) 632–2651

Riley County Courthouse

100 Courthouse Plaza

Manhattan, KS 66502–0158

Phone: (785) 537–6364

Fax: (785) 537–6382

22nd Judicial District- Brown, Doniphan, Marshall, and Nemaha counties.

Brown County Courthouse

601 Oregon

P. O. Box 417

Hiawatha, KS 66434–0417

Phone: (785) 742–7481

Fax: (785) 742–3506

Doniphan County Courthouse

120 E Chestnut P. O. Box 295

Troy, KS 66087

Phone: (785) 985–3582

Fax: (785) 985–2402

Marshall County Courthouse

1201 Broadway

P. O. Box 149

Marysville, KS 66508–0149

Phone: (785) 562–5301

Fax: (785) 562–2458

Nemaha County Courthouse

607 Nemaha

P. O. Box 213

Seneca, KS 66538–0213

Phone: (785) 336–2146

Fax: (785) 336–6450

23rd Judicial District- Ellis, Gove Rooks, and Trego counties

Ellis County Courthouse

1204 Fort St

P. O. Box 8

Hays, KS 67601

Phone: (785) 628–9415

Fax: (785) 628–8415

Gove County Courthouse

420 Broad St

P. O. Box 97

Gove, KS 67736

Phone: (785) 938–2310

Fax: (785) 938–2312

Rooks County Courthouse

115 N Walnut

P. O. Box 532

Stockton, KS 67669

Phone: (785) 425–6718

Fax: (785) 425–6568

Trego County Courthouse

216 N Main

WaKeeney, KS 67672

Phone: (785) 743–2148

Fax: (785) 743–2726

24th Judicial District- Edwards, Hodgeman, Lane, Ness, Pawnee, and Rush counties.

Edwards County Courthouse

312 Massachusetts

P. O. Box 232

Kinsley, KS 67547

Phone: (620) 659–2442

Fax: (620) 659–2998

Hodgeman County Courthouse

500 Main P. O. Box 187

Jetmore, KS 67854–0187

Phone: (620) 357–6522

Fax: (620) 357–6216

Lane County Courthouse

144 S Lane

P. O. Box 188

Dighton, KS 67839

Phone: (620) 397–2805

Fax: (620) 397–5526

Ness County Courthouse

100 S Kansas

P. O. Box 445

Ness City, KS 67560

Phone: (785) 798–3693

Fax: (785) 798–3348

Pawnee County Courthouse

715 Broadway

P. O. Box 270

Larned, KS 67550–0270

Phone: (620) 285–6937

Fax: (620) 285–3665

Rush County Courthouse

715 Elm

P. O. Box 387

LaCrosse, KS 67548

Phone: (785) 222–2718

Fax: (785) 222–2748

25th Judicial District- Finney, Greeley, Hamilton, Kearny, Scott, and Wichita counties.

Finney County District Court

Finney County Courthouse

425 N 8th St

Garden City, KS 67846–0798

Phone: (620) 271–6120

Fax: (620) 271–6140

Greeley County Courthouse

616 2nd Ave

P. O. Box 516

Tribune, KS 67879

Phone: (620) 376–4292

Fax: (620) 376–2351

Hamilton County District Court

Hamilton County Courthouse

219 N Main

P. O. Box 745

Syracuse, KS 67878

Phone: (620) 384–5159

Fax: (620) 384–7806

Kearny County Courthouse

304 N Main

P. O. Box 64

Lakin, KS 67860

Phone: (620) 271–6254

Fax: (620) 355–7462

Scott County Courthouse

303 Court St

Scott City, KS 67871

Phone: (620) 872–7208

Fax: (620) 872–3683

Wichita County Courthouse

206 S 4th

P. O. Box 968

Leoti, KS 67861–0968

Phone: (620) 260–2560

Fax: (620) 375–2999

26th Judicial District- Grant, Haskell, Morton, Seward, Stanton, and Stevens counties.

Grant County Courthouse

108 S Glenn

Ulysses, KS 67880

Phone: (620) 356–1526

Fax: (620) 353–2131

Haskell County Courthouse

300 S Inman

P. O. Box 146

Sublette, KS 67877

Phone: (620) 675–2671

Fax: (620) 675–8599

Morton County Courthouse

1025 Morton

P. O. Box 825

Elkhart, KS 67950

Phone: (620) 697–2563

Fax: (620) 697–4289

Seward County Courthouse

415 N Washington Ste 103

Liberal, KS 67901

Phone: (620) 626–3375

Fax: (620) 626–3302

Stanton County Courthouse

201 N Main Box 913

Johnson, KS 67855–0913

Phone: (620) 492–2180

Fax: (620) 492–6410

Stevens County Courthouse

200 E 6th

Hugoton, KS 67951

Phone: (620) 544–2484

Fax: (620) 544–2528

27th Judicial District- Reno county

Reno County Courthouse

206 W First St 3rd Floor

Hutchinson, KS 67501

Phone: (620) 694–2956

Fax: (620) 694–2958

28th Judicial District- Ottawa and Saline counties

Ottawa County Courthouse

307 N Concord

Minneapolis, KS 67467

Phone: (785) 392–2917

Fax: (785) 392–3626

Saline County Courthouse

300 W Ash

P. O. Box 1760

Salina, KS 67402–1760

Phone: (785) 309–5831

Fax: (785) 309–5845

29th Judicial District- Wyandotte county

Wyandotte County Courthouse

710 N 7th St

Kansas City, KS 66101

Phone: (913) 573–5000

30th Judicial District- Barber, Harper, Kingman, Pratt, and Sumner counties.

Barber County Courthouse

118 E Washington

Medicine Lodge, KS 67104

Phone: (620) 886–5639

Fax: (620) 886–5854

Harper County Courthouse

201 N Jennings

P. O. Box 467

Anthony, KS 67003

Phone: (620) 842–3721

Fax: (620) 842–6025

Kingman County Courthouse

130 N Spruce

P. O. Box 495

Kingman, KS 67068

Phone: (620) 532–5151

Fax: (620) 532–2952

Pratt County District Court

Pratt County Courthouse

300 S Ninnescah

P. O. Box 984

Pratt, KS 67124

Phone: (620) 672–4100

Fax: (620) 672–2902

Sumner County Courthouse

501 N Washington

P. O. Box 399

Wellington, KS 67152

Phone: (620) 326–5936

Fax: (620) 326–5365

31st Judicial District- Allen, Neosho, Wilson, and Woodson counties

Allen County Courthouse

1 N Washington

Iola, KS 66749

Phone: (620) 365–1425

Fax: (620) 365–1429

Neosho County Courthouse

102 S Lincoln

P. O. Box 889

Chanute, KS 66720

Phone: (620) 431–5700

Fax: (620)431–5710

Neosho County Courthouse

100 S Main

P. O. Box 19

Erie, KS 66733

Phone: (620) 244–3831

Fax: (620) 244–3830

Wilson County Courthouse

615 Madison Rm 214

Fredonia, KS 66736

Phone: (620) 378–4533

Fax: (620) 378–4531

Woodson County Courthouse

105 W Rutledge

Yates Center, KS 66783

Phone: (620) 625–8610

Fax: (620) 625–8674

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