Clerk of the District Court
Citizen Review Board
Welcome to the 7th Judicial Court of Kansas
The Seventh Judicial District is the state District Court for Douglas County, Kansas. The cities of Baldwin City, Eudora and Lawrence have their own municipal courts which are separate from state District Court.
State District Courts are courts of general jurisdiction. That jurisdiction extends to all civil and criminal matters that are recognized under state law, including lawsuits for damages to personal rights and property, divorce and child custody, probate and administration of estates, guardianships/conservatorships, care of the mentally ill, juvenile matters and small claims.
Decisions of the District Court are generally subject to appeal. Appeals can be taken to the Kansas Court of Appeals and, in some instances, directly to the Kansas Supreme Court.
The Court Administrator supervises and coordinates the administrative functions and operations of the district court, supervises and directs the activities of non-judicial employees of the court and performs other duties that are designated by the chief judge, required by law or by the state Judicial Administrator.
The District Court now has a public Self-Help office. You can stop by during court hours or contact us with any questions.
Hours of Operation:
|Monday||9am - 12pm (noon)|
|Tuesday||9am - 12pm (noon)|
|Wednesday||1pm - 4pm|
|Thursday||9am - 12pm (noon)|
|Friday||9am - 12pm (noon)|
|Friday||8am to 9am (Evictions and collections only.)|
Kansas Legal Services also offers Self Help Resources for the 7th Judicial District.
Local Court Rules and Administrative Orders
Frequently Asked Questions
The District Court Trustee is located on the main floor of the Judicial Building at 111 E. 11th Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044. The office is accessible in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the office is open during the noon hour.
The District Court Trustee is responsible for all matters relating to the establishment, modification, and enforcement of support orders issued by the Douglas County District Court. The District Court Trustee is empowered to pursue all civil remedies which would be available to a recipient in this regard. Criminal referrals can be directed to the District Attorney if necessary. Parent visitation and support matters will be heard by a District Court Judge Pro Tem when possible to provide quick and easy access to the Court for all parties.
In addition, the District Court Trustee, under contract with the Office of the Attorney General, is responsible for collecting court debts and victim restitution in criminal cases referred to the office. The office also enforces collection of court debts in traffic cases and enforces bond forfeiture judgments in criminal and traffic cases.
The office opened on May 1, 1995. All orders for support entered effective January 1, 1995, require the District Court Trustee to provide enforcement services for the case. Payments are to be made through the Kansas Payment Center, and are disbursed within 48 hours of receipt.
Printable versions of forms and documents related to child support, parenting time/visitation, and other services offered by the District Court Trustee can be acquired on line by visiting the Court Trustee Documents page. You can also obtain copies of all forms and documents by visiting the Trustee in person.
For any new or modified support order entered on or after January 1, 1995, the District Court Trustee will automatically provide enforcement services. A mandatory fee of 5% will be deducted from support collected to defray the expenses of the office. In most instances, the value of the services provided will exceed the cost. The cost of the 5% fee is divided equally between the parties pursuant to the Kansas Child Support Guidelines.
Support orders entered before January 1, 1995, will not be automatically enforced by the office and will not be subject to a fee. Enforcement services for these cases will be accepted on an application basis. The 5% fee would then apply.
The office will enforce temporary orders of support (1) if requested by a party and statutory requirements are satisfied or (2) counsel for both parties request enforcement.