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Kansas Courts Electronic Filing

The Kansas Courts e-Filing initiative will move all Kansas state courts from a paper-based system to one that relies on electronic documents. When the rollout is complete, all district and appellate courts will be able to receive and store electronic documents, saving paper, space, time, and money.

In 2013, lawyers in private and public practice volunteered to test the Kansas Courts e-Filing system to file documents with the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and some district courts. Currently, e-filing is in limited use in the appellate courts on an invitational basis. District courts that are using e-filing make it available for general use to file documents in certain case types.

Right now, only lawyers who are licensed in Kansas may use Kansas Courts e-Filing. It is a goal to eventually open e-filing to self-represented litigants.

Why file electronically?

Kansas district courts process nearly half a million cases a year, so electronic filing holds great promise for saving courts time, resources, and storage space. When e-filing is in place statewide, and it is used in combination with case and document management systems, judges, court clerks, and lawyers will be able to access electronic court case files at any time.

There also are many benefits specific to e-filers:

  • You can file your document without leaving your office.
  • You can copy information from an earlier filing to create a new filing on the same case, reducing data entry.
  • You can authorize users in your office to see all filings submitted by your firm.
  • Once you register, you may use Kansas Courts e-Filing in any court where itís used.
  • You will spend less on postage, photocopying, and delivery fees.

Which courts accept electronic filing?

Kansas Courts e-Filing will eventually be in all state courts, from the Supreme Court to the Court of Appeals to district courts. The only exception is Johnson County District Court, which has its own e-filing system.

E-Filing is currently in limited use in the appellate courts:

  • Kansas Supreme Court
  • Kansas Court of Appeals

These district courts have authorized attorneys to electronically file documents in certain case types:

  • Douglas County District Court
  • Leavenworth County District Court
  • Sedgwick County District Court
  • Butler County District Court
  • Finney County District Court
  • Geary County District Court
  • Reno County District Court
  • Saline County District Court
  • Wyandotte County District Court
  • Shawnee County District Court - Shawnee County Existing Case Number Format

The number of participating courts will continue to grow until all courts statewide are able to accept electronic filings.

How do I register to use Kansas Courts e-Filing?

Before you register, watch tutorials on the Kansas Courts e-Filing Training Videos page. Then, go to the Kansas Courts e-Filing page, where you will select Request Account under the New User heading.

Before your account request is processed, you must read, accept, and agree to abide by the terms of use for Kansas Courts e-Filing. The terms of use include a requirement that you follow technical standards set out in Administrative Order No. 268 for filing and transmitting electronic court documents.

Once your account is approved, you will receive an email that explains how to log in for the first time. Attached to the email will be several useful documents, including an explanation of rules and technical standards, and a list of documents currently accepted by Kansas Courts e-Filing.

Johnson County District Court maintains an electronic filing system that is separate from Kansas Courts e-Filing and you must contact the court directly to gain access to it. If you use the Johnson County e-Filing system, be aware of service requirements identified in Administrative Order No. 268.

Do I need special training to use Kansas Courts e-Filing?

Some people feel comfortable using Kansas Courts e-Filing after watching online tutorials, but others prefer more in-depth online or in-person training. If you feel you need training beyond what is offered in the tutorials, notify the e-filing administrator at efilingadministrator@kscourts.org.

Updates to Kansas Courts e-Filing

Updates for Filers - 10-27-2014