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Small Claims Information

In many situations, you can file a Small Claims lawsuit against an individual or a business if you are not seeking damages of more than $4,000 and if you want to work without an attorney. Small claims cases are filed in the Clerk of the District Court's Office, using forms available in the lobby. An instruction booklet, which details filing and post-judgment procedures, can be obtained in the Clerk's office or online at Small Claims Procedure (PDF format).

The filing fee depends on the amount of damages for which you are suing. For damages up to $500, the filing fee is $47.50. For damages of $500.01-$4000, the filing fee is $67.50.

There is a separate fee for the Sheriff to serve the defendant(s) which is $15 per address. This must be submitted to the Clerk as a separate check or money order.

Below are links to documents pertaining to Small Claims.

Department Contacts

Name Job Title Phone Number Email Address
Douglas A. Hamilton Clerk of the District Court
Amber Ballard Supervisor / Jury Manager 785-832-5111
Rachel Lavelle Supervisor 785-832-5255
Evie Schlife Accounting Technician 785-832-5252
Beverly Sigafoose Juvenile Clerk 785-832-5253
Brian Garton Jury Clerk 785-832-5213
Cindy Winger Traffic Clerk 785-832-5231
Emily Krichati Domestic Clerk / Marriage License / PFA Administrative Assistant 785-832-5227
Jordan Moore Records / Juvenile Clerk 785-832-5141
Kassandra Meyer Limited Civil Clerk 785-832-5257
Michael Preut Criminal Clerk 785-832-5236
Stephanie Weeks Major Civil Clerk 785-832-5228
Brenda Hensley-Hughes Probate / Adoptions Clerk 785-832-5132
Rachell Orce Appeals / Small Claims / Liens Clerk 785-832-5254
Jury Service Recording 785-832-5108