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Kansas Courts Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)



Court operations during pandemic 

Chief Justice Marla Luckert and the Kansas Supreme Court have issued a series of administrative orders to define how district and appellate courts will safely operate during the pandemic. This allows state courts to continue to provide vital services to the people of Kansas while following public health guidelines that protect judges, court staff, and the people who come into our courts.

NEW Most time limitations, deadlines in court proceedings reinstated effective April 15, 2021
Missing deadlines or statutes of limitations can cause cases to be dismissed. 

Administrative orders related to COVID-19
News releases related to COVID-19
 

Pandemic court initiatives

The Supreme Court formed two groups to examine issues related court operations during the pandemic.

Ad Hoc Jury Task Force
Ad Hoc Virtual Court Proceedings Committee
 

District court operations

For current information about a district court's operations during the pandemic, visit the court’s website. If a court website does not give you the information you need, call the court clerk. 

Find a district court
Find court forms
Judicial branch court forms (forms created since the beginning of the pandemic)
File using a district court drop box
 

Administrative Order 2020-PR-123

Administrative Order 2020-PR-123 lists requirements for safely operating both district and appellate courts. 

Courts may conduct in-person hearings—including jury trials with an approved jury plan—if appropriate measures are in place to protect the health of courtroom participants. These measures can include:

  • screening people as they enter the courthouse or courtroom;

  • managing the number of people in a courtroom;

  • providing adequate physical distancing;

  • using physical barriers;

  • using personal protective equipment; and

  • cleaning and sanitizing court spaces.

Attachment A to 2020-PR-123 lists the essential functions a court must perform if its offices close temporarily due to COVID-19. A court may perform nonessential functions if local resources and circumstances allow and it is consistent with Supreme Court administrative orders.
 

Deadlines and time limitations

The chief justice reinstated most statutory deadlines and time limitations effective April 15, 2021

Some statutory deadlines and time limitations continue to be suspended:

  • statutory speedy trial deadlines under K.S.A. 22-3402 in the Code of Criminal Procedure;

  • statutory trial and hearing deadlines under K.S.A. 22-4303 in the Uniform Mandatory Disposition of Detainers Act;

  • time requirements for filing actions under K.S.A. 60-1501 and K.S.A. 60-1507; and

  • time requirements for a defendant's appearance in limited action cases under K.S.A. 61-3002(b).

Constitutional speedy trial protections remain in place. 

Time calculation when suspensions lift

For a deadline or time limitation suspended because of an order issued by the chief justice, on the date the order terminates, a person has the same number of days to comply with the deadline or time limitation as the person had when the deadline or time limitation was suspended.

For a deadline or time limitation that did not begin to run because of an order issued by the chief justice, on the date the order terminates, a person has the full period provided by law to comply with the deadline or time limitation.

Remote hearings                

The chief justice issued Administrative Orders 2021-PR-021 and 2021-PR-022 to authorize municipal, district, and appellate courts to use two-way audio-visual communication in proceedings. 

Administrative Order 2021-PR-021 applies to appellate and district court proceedings.

Administrative Order 2021-PR-022 applies to municipal court proceedings.
 

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
 

Kansas Judicial Center open by appointment only

The Kansas Judicial Center is open by appointment only 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

 

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
 

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
 
Prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick
Si está enfermo, prevenga la propagación del COVID-19


Signs

Access to courts

COVID-19 Disease and the Courts

Face mask required to enter
Se requiere mascarilla para ingresar

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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