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Appellate Clerk

The clerk’s office processes all appellate case filings.

About the clerk of the appellate courts

The clerk of the Supreme Court is a constitutional officer who, by statute, is also clerk of the Court of Appeals. The clerk is referred to as the clerk of the appellate courts.

The appeallate clerk's office is on the first floor of the Kansas Judicial Center. The office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. 


Filing an appeal

The Kansas Appellate Practice Handbook published by the Kansas Judicial Council provides information, guidance and practice notes on every aspect of appellate practice in Kansas. It also includes a comprehensive set of forms for appellate court pleadings.

The Appellate Procedure Outline is a streamlined guide to appellate procedure for people who are not attorneys and are representing themselves in an appeal. It is published by Clerk of the Appeallate Courts Office. 

Filing tips

Sample forms and available fillable forms are in chapter 12 of the Kansas Appellate Practice Handbook

  • All filings must include the appellate case number.

  • All filings must include a signed and dated Certificate of Service showing service on ALL parties or their counsel

  • Remember to sign your document at the conclusion, and also to sign and date the Certificate of Service.

  • When responding to a court order, do so in pleading form, attach the required documentation (if any), and include a signed and dated Certificate of Service. Provide the appropriate number of copies with the filing.

  • When an order indicates a filing is due, the document must be filed on or before the date the court order indicates it is due. Mail time is not added to that date.

  • Please read and follow Supreme Court rules relating to appellate practice. Clerk's office staff is available to help answer procedural questions you have about the rules during regular business hours. Staff cannot answer legal questions or give legal advice. 

NOTE: The clerk's office will not automatically file documents sent by parties who are represented by counsel. Those documents will be returned to the party with instructions to discuss the matter with counsel and to follow counsel's advice. Motions to dismiss/appoint counsel and motions to file supplemental briefs will be allowed to be filed by a represented party.

Supreme Court Rule 5.01: Appellate Court Motion


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Topeka, KS 66612-1507  

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