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Small Claims Information

Small claims filing package, including cover sheet, petition, and request for service in Douglas County, Kansas

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.

Our Services

Clerk of the District Court

Small Claims

Small claims cases for less than $4,000.

District Court

The 7th Judicial District of the District Court of Douglas County, Kansas.

Courts

Services provided by the 7th Judicial District of the District Court.

Department Contacts

Name Job Title Phone Number Email Address
Douglas A. Hamilton Clerk of the District Court dhamilton@douglascountyks.org
Amber Ballard Supervisor / Jury Manager / Appeals 785-832-5111 aballard@douglascountyks.org
Rachel Lavelle Supervisor / Liens 785-832-5255 rlavelle@douglascountyks.org
Evie Schlife Accounting Technician / Probate 785-832-5252 eschlife@douglascountyks.org
Beverly Sigafoose Juvenile / Adoptions 785-832-5253 bsigafoose@douglascountyks.org
Brian Garton Jury Clerk 785-832-5213 jury@douglascountyks.org
Cindy Winger Traffic 785-832-5231 cwinger@douglascountyks.org
Emily Krichati Domestic / PFA Administrative Assistant 785-832-5227 ekrichati@douglascountyks.org
Jordan Moore Records / Juvenile 785-832-5141 jmoore@douglascountyks.org
Kassandra Meyer Limited Civil 785-832-5257 kmeyer@douglascountyks.org
Michael Preut Criminal 785-832-5236 mpreut@douglascountyks.org
Stephanie Weeks Small Claims / Major Civil 785-832-5228 sweeks@douglascountyks.org
Civil civil@douglascountyks.org
Criminal criminal@douglascountyks.org
Records courtrecords@douglascountyks.org
Jury Service Recording 785-832-5108

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.