Clerk of the District Court
The Clerk of the Court is an officer of the District Court. The clerk issues court processes which establish the power of the court to act in a case and keeps a record of the date and time subpoenas, summons, and warrants are returned to court endorsed with evidence of service on potential litigants and witnesses.
The clerk also issues post-judgment processes which enforce court mandates such as orders of garnishment, income withholding, attachments, execution by sale of personal or real property and the like. The clerk is charged with the critical function of keeping accurate records of the date, time, and manner in which petitions, answers, and motions of parties to a suit are served, received, and filed in the court.
By statute, the clerk of the court is the official custodian of all court records. Because the district court is a court of record, papers received must be carefully preserved for future reference (in case of an appeal) or as a historical record of events as well as the basis for changes in property or liberty rights. The clerk also ensures access to court records that are open to the public. The clerk is in charge of collecting, accounting for, and forwarding to the state treasurer's office money due to the state by operation of law. Besides managing finances, the clerk also supervises personnel matters in his or her office and coordinates case management activities of the district court.
The clerk's jury management duties include insuring that summoning procedures are cost-effective yet meet the needs of the court with minimum disruption to the lives of the jurors summoned. Other managerial functions of the clerk include preparing payrolls, ensuring the latest version of forms are used and, in courts which have law libraries, acting as treasurer for the law library board.
Notice of Sheriff's Sale of Foreclosures
Sheriff's Sales of Civil court cases involving foreclosed property are held are held every Thursday promptly at 10:00 am except for holidays or otherwise advertised by the sheriff's office.
Sheriff's Sales are advertised in the local paper three times beginning three weeks before the scheduled sale.
To obtain the legal descriptions, call the Clerk of the District Court at (785) 832-5356, or the County Clerk 's Office at (785) 832-5160, or the County Appraiser's Office at (785) 832-5290. Have the case number associated with the sale ready or the homeowner's name (defendant) or the street address. This will allow the county employees to best serve you.
For more information, see the Sheriff's Sale of Foreclosure's web page
Frequently Asked Questions
It is up to the individual discretion of each judge. In general, it is not permitted. The judges feel it is important that jurors focus their attention on witnesses and information rather than on taking notes.
You do not need to bring anything with you. You may want to bring a jacket, book, or something else to do during the brief period of waiting.
Deferment is not always a possibility, but we try to accommodate your busy schedules as much as we can. To request a deferment, you should complete the appropriate section of the juror questionnaire. You will receive a letter from the court with… Read More
You can request hardship for any reason on your Juror Questionnaire. All excusal requests are subject to review by the Chief Judge. You will receive an email as well as a letter in the mail with a response to your request within four weeks. If you… Read More
Yes, but the court requires a letter from your physician stating you should be excused. For more information on what is needed and where to send it, please contact the Jury Coordinator at Jury@douglascountyks.org or 785-832-5213.
Judicial ethics prohibit judges from speaking directly with parties about their cases.