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Kansas Courts Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)



Providing access to courts while protecting the public and our workforce

On March 18, 2020, the Supreme Court released Administrative Order 2020-PR-016 directing all district and appellate courts to cease all but emergency operations until further order. The Supreme Court anticipates the order to remain in effect for at least two weeks, at which time it will be reevaluated.

The 2020 House Substitute for Senate Bill No. 102 referenced in Administrative Order 2020-PR-016 was published in the March 19, 2020, Kansas Register. Now that it's published, Administrative Order 2020-PR-16 suspends until further order all statutes of limitations and statutory time standards or deadlines that apply to conducting or processing judicial proceedings. During the effective dates of the order, no action will be dismissed for lack of  prosecution.

Kansas Judicial Center closed

The Kansas Judicial Center is closed until further notice. Contact us at:

Office of Judicial Administration
785-296-2256
info@kscourts.org

Clerk of the Appellate Courts
785-296-3229
appellateclerk@kscourts.org

Other email contacts

Background

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 disease a pandemic. On March 12, 2020, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly declared a state of emergency warranting extraordinary measures to mitigate COVID-19 spread. 

Managing the Kansas courts response to COVID-19

The Office of Judicial Administration, in consultation with the Kansas Supreme Court, and state health and emergency preparedness officials, is monitoring evolving conditions related to the potential for a local or statewide outbreak of COVID-19 disease. 

As necessary, the Office of Judicial Administration and the Supreme Court may release updates that impact state courts or court proceedings. The purpose is to enable the Kansas judicial branch to continue to provide access to courts in a manner that protects its workforce and the public. 

Supreme Court administrative orders

03-20-20: 2020-PR-024: Order Clarifying Emergency Operations from the Court Regarding Emergency Protection from Abuse and Stalking
03-18-20: 2020-PR-016: Imposing Statewide Judiciary Restricted Operations Due to COVID-19 Emergency (Links to Enrolled 2020 House Substitute for Senate Bill No. 102 and March 19, 2020, Kansas Register)
03-16-20: 2020-PR-015: Restrictions to mitigate COVID-19 spread
03-12-20: 2020-PR-013: Kansas judicial branch policy on pandemic disease

News releases

03-20-20: Supreme Court issues order to clarify emergency operations by state courts
03-18-20: State courts on emergency operations until further order
03-17-20: Kansas Court of Appeals cancels oral arguments in March, April
03-16-20: Kansas Supreme Court restricts Judicial Center access, cancels March oral arguments
03-12-20: Administrative order issued concerning COVID-19

Public health resources

Kansas Department of Health and Environment--COVID-19 Resource Center
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention--Coronavirus (COVID-19)
World Health Organization--Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

Information for attorneys

03-20-20: Chief Justice Marla Luckert's letter to the Kansas bar
03-16-20: Attorney, client protocol established for Kansas courts

Preparing for a public health emergency

NCSC: State courts are responding to the coronavirus to protect the public, while maintaining access to justice
NCSC: Preparing for a Pandemic - An Emergency Response Benchbook & Operational Guide for State Court Judges and Administrators

Fact sheets 

What you need to know about coronavirus disease
Lo que necesita saber sobre la enfermedad del coronavirus
 
What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease
Qué hacer si se contrae la enfermedad del coronavirus

Signs

Access to courts

COVID-19 Disease and the Courts
 
Visitor alert 
¡Alerta a los visitantes! 

Symptoms of coronavirus disease
Síntomas de la enfermedad del coronavirus
 
Stay home if you are sick
Quédese en casa si está enfermo
 
Stop the spread of germs
Detenga la propagación de los microbios
 
Don't spread germs at work
No propague los microbios en el trabajo



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