No. Only parties to the case and others sworn to maintain children's confidentiality are permitted to attend.
Judicial ethics prohibit judges from speaking directly with parties about their cases.
You may wish to consult an attorney on any action you file or that is filed against you. In small claims court, an attorney cannot represent you, unless an individual, who is an attorney, is suing you. For more information, call the Access to Justice Advice Line at 1-800-675-5860.
You should fill out the Notice to Defendant (Earnings or Non-earnings) that accompanies the Order of Garnishment sent to your employer and/or bank and file it in the District Court division your case is assigned to. If you did not receive the Notice to Defendant from your employer or your bank, you should contact the plaintiff's attorney to obtain one. Once the Notice to Defendant is filed, a judge will determine if a hearing date should be set. You may want to consult an attorney on how to contest a garnishment.
When picking up your license, you will be given a card with the judge's contact information. All arrangements must be made with the judge's assistant. There is a $50 fee for this service. Additional fees apply for ceremonies held off-site, on weekends, or on holidays. For information on acquiring a new marriage license, visit the Getting Married page.
You may fill out a Records Request Form by visiting the Clerk's office in person, or by submitting an Online Records Request Form. To submit your Records Request Form, you can mail it to Clerk of the District Court's Office - Records Dept., 111 E. 11th St., Lawrence, Kansas 66044.
For abuse occurring between intimate partners or household members, a restraining order may be obtained by filing a Protection from Abuse (PFA) case. The Clerk's office provides the forms and an instruction booklet for filing a PFA.
Criminal records go back to 1989, and civil records go back to 1992.
Please call 785-832-5256 and press 1, then listen for the instructions to reach the person who handles the type of case you have. Please leave a message if you get voice mail; someone will return your call.
Each of the boards meet one time per month. A different Citizen Review Board meets every Wednesday of the month. The review times times are from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.. Generally three different families meet with the CRB assigned to them in that time frame.
I have a disability that makes it hard for me to see (or hear or move about); can I get help when I appear in court?
Yes. The Court is required and committed to provide equal access to justice, including by accommodating disabilities. If you know the division in which you will appear, contact the administrative assistant in the appropriate division. Otherwise, please contact the Court Administrator, Linda Koester-Vogelsang, at 785-832-5264 or email@example.com.
You should prepare a written response to the summons and file it with the court. A copy should also be sent to the plaintiff's attorney, whose address is listed on the summons. You may want to consult an attorney when you receive a summons from the court.
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, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the office is open during the noon hour.
The duties and responsibilities of a CRB volunteer are set out in K. S. A. 38-1813. A CRB volunteer shall:
Volunteers must complete four hours of ongoing or "in-service" training each calendar year. CRB volunteers may attend workshops as arranged by the CRB or CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) programs or complete applicable readings. Documentation of participation is required. You can visit the 'CASA' website at https://dccasa.org/.
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.