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Kansas Judicial Branch

The Kansas Supreme Court
301 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka Kansas 66612-1507

Office of Judicial Administration
Fax:  785.296.7076
Email: info@kscourts.org

Appellate Clerk's Office
Fax:  785.296.1028
Email: appellateclerk@kscourts.org

How to Act in Court

The court is a very traditional and polite place where a certain demeanor (way of acting) is expected. You must act and speak in a way that helps you with your case.

  • Be on time!  The court has a very busy schedule.  If you are late, your case might be postponed to another date or dismissed entirely.
  • Dress professionally, as you would for an important event.  This means that your clothing should be neat and clean and that you are well groomed.
  • Do not bring your children into court.
  • Do not chew gum.
  • Be respectful to everyone in court.  This includes the judge, court staff, the other party involved in your case, witnesses, court bailiff, and any other people in the area.
  • Address the judge as “Your Honor.”
  • Do not use profanity, argue, or verbally react to answers given in court by the judge, opposing party, or attorney.  You will have your turn to speak.
  • Turn off cell phones and other electronic devices.
  • Remove headwear.