Search records at the courthouse
Public court records are accessible at each courthouse. Each court has a computer reserved for public searches of court case information and court records in that court.
Sealed cases and sealed records are not public, and some cases are exempt from disclosure under the Kansas Open Records Act (K.S.A. 45-221). Other records may be exempt by judicial rule, order, or case law. Records that are NOT available include:
certain criminal investigation records;
expunged criminal records;
many child in need of care and juvenile records; and
grand jury proceedings.
Accessing court records through eCourt Public Access Portal
As Kansas courts transition to a new centralized case management system following the Kansas eCourt Statewide Rollout Plan, their public records will become available through an online portal. All state courts—district and appellate—will eventually be on this system.
Cases and records that will not be accessible through the portal are identified in the Supreme Court's Kansas eCourt Rules (20-24).
If a public record is not available through the public access portal, it will be available at the courthouse using a courthouse terminal. Each court has a computer reserved for public searches of court cases and court records in that court. Sealed cases and sealed records are not public, and they can't be accessed through the courthouse terminal.
Courts with records on eCourt Public Access Portal
These courts are using the new centralized case management system, so they have case information available through the eCourt public access portal:
4th Judicial District: Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, and Osage counties;
6th Judicial District: Bourbon, Linn, and Miami counties;
8th Judicial District: Dickinson, Geary, Marion, and Morris counties;
11th Judicial District: Cherokee, Crawford, and Labette counties;
14th Judicial District: Chautauqua and Montgomery counties;
19th Judicial District: Cowley County;
21st Judicial District: Clay and Riley counties; and
31st Judicial District: Allen, Neosho, Wilson, and Woodson counties.
Districts with online case information
Three judicial districts allow online access to case information through their websites:
Fee-based district court case search
The fee-based case search operated by Kansas.gov allows online searches of case information from district courts in Kansas. It allows access to a register of actions. It does not provide access to court records.
District Court Records Search
Requesting district court records
The Kansas Open Records Act allows you to inspect and obtain copies of public records maintained by Kansas courts, as long as those records are not exempt from disclosure.
Requests for court records must be made in writing. You may use the Request Form for Court Records to make your request.
About requesting court records
District court contacts