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About District Courts



About district courts

District courts are created by the Constitution. They are the trial courts of Kansas, with general original jurisdiction over all civil and criminal cases, including divorce and domestic relations, damage suits, probate and administration of estates, guardianships, conservatorships, care of the mentally ill, juvenile matters, and small claims. It is here that the criminal and civil jury trials are held.
 

Judicial districts

There are 31 judicial districts in Kansas, each with a varying number of judges. There is a district court in each county, and each court has a clerk of the court where cases are filed.
 

Judicial departments

Judicial districts are grouped into six judicial departments. Each department is assignd to a Supreme Court justice, and the departmental justice may assign judges from one judicial district to another.

Judicial departments
 

District judges

Judges of the district court must be lawyers. Some counties have district magistrate judges, who may or may not be lawyers, and whose jurisdiction is limited. By state law, there is at least one resident judge in each county.
 

Chief judges

The Kansas Supreme Court appoints one judge in each district to serve as chief judge. A chief judge has, in addition to his or her judicial responsibilities, general control over case assignments within the district and general supervisory authority over the clerical and administrative functions of the court.
 

Appeals 

Appeals may be taken from a district court to the Court of Appeals and, in some cases, to the Supreme Court.



1st Judicial District

Atchison, Leavenworth

2nd Judicial District

Jackson, Jefferson, Pottawatomie, Wabaunsee

4th Judicial District

Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, Osage

5th Judicial District

Chase, Lyon

6th Judicial District

Bourbon, Linn, Miami

8th Judicial District

Dickinson, Geary, Marion, Morris

9th Judicial District

Harvey, McPherson

11th Judicial District

Cherokee, Crawford, Labette

12th Judicial District

Cloud, Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Republic, Washington

13th Judicial District

Butler, Elk, Greenwood

14th Judicial District

Chautauqua, Montgomery

15th Judicial District

Cheyenne, Logan, Rawlins, Sheridan, Sherman, Thomas, Wallace

16th Judicial District

Clark, Comanche, Ford, Gray, Kiowa, Meade

17th Judicial District

Decatur, Graham, Norton, Osborne, Phillips, Smith

20th Judicial District

Barton, Ellsworth, Rice, Russell, Stafford

22th Judicial District

Brown, Doniphan,
Marshall, Nemaha

23th Judicial District

Ellis, Gove, Rooks, Trego

24th Judicial District

Edwards, Hodgeman, Lane, Ness, Pawnee, Rush

25th Judicial District

Finney, Greeley, Hamilton, Kearny, Scott, Wichita

26th Judicial District

Grant, Haskell, Morton, Seward, Stanton, Stevens

28th Judicial District

Ottawa, Saline

30th Judicial District

Barber, Harper, Kingman, Pratt, Sumner

31st Judicial District

Allen, Neosho, Wilson, Woodson

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