Kansas 29th Judicial District - Frequently Asked Questions

General

What number do I call for court information?


The number for the Information Center is (913) 573-2813. The Self Help Center has a staff of very knowledgeable District Court clerks who are very helpful in answering questions.




Can the clerks at the Self Help Center or in the clerk's office assist me with legal information?


None of the clerks in any office can give legal advice. The following agencies can assist you with legal questions:
Kansas Legal Services' justice advice line: 1(800) 675-5860
Kansas Bar Association's KS Lawyer referral service and advice line: 1(800) 928-3111




What are your hours?


The clerks offices are open 8:00am to 12pm and then 1pm to 5:00pm.




What is the courts holiday schedule?


Click here to view the Courts Holiday schedule.




How do I get to the Courthouse and where do I park?


For directions to the Courthouse and where to park, please click here. (This Directory is still being worked on), For now please call us at 913-573-2940 with questions.




How do I get to the Juvenile Facility?


The Juvenile building is just north of the main courthouse across the street. It is located at 738 Ann Avenue.





Records

How can I gain access to Court Records?


You can visit the Courthouse at 710 N 7th St, Kansas City, KS, 66101, Mezzanine to access the public-access terminals. You can also contact the applicable Clerks Office via phone or fax.





Family Law


Domestic

Where do I pay child support/maintenance?


All payments are processed through the Kansas Payment Center in Topeka. Contact them at PO Box 758599, Topeka, KS 66675 or (877) 572-5722 or kspaycenter.com




What is my child support balance?


The Court does not keep balances; Please contact the enforcement agency.




What is my arrearage balance?


The Court does not keep balances; Please contact the enforcement agency.




How can I get my child support lowered or increased?


Motion pack forms are available at the Courthouse in the Self-Help Center located on the 3rd Floor. Completed forms are filed with the Civil Clerk’s Office on the 3rd floor. There is a $62 filing fee for post decree motions re: child support, visitation/parenting time, and custody. You must have an address for service for the other party at time of filing




How do I get record for my previous payments?


You may request a payment history printout at the Accounting Department, located on the 3rd Floor of the Courthouse.




What do I do to change my address?


Address changes must be in writing and notarized. We need case number, party’s name and current address.




How do I get a restraining order?


Please contact the Domestic Advocate’s Office at (913) 573-5153.




How do I get a copy of my Divorce papers?


Copies can be obtained either by requesting them in person, over the phone, or via fax. Requests over 10 pages will be charged $.25 per page.




How do I get a Divorce without being represented by counsel?


Forms and instructions are available at the Self-Help Center located on the 3rd Floor of the Courthouse or online at kansasjudicialcouncil.org/legal-forms. The filing fee is $195 due at the time of filing.




How do I file a Motion?


Motion packets are available at the Self-Help Center located on the 3rd Floor of the Courthouse. There is a filing fee of $62 for post-decree motions re: child support, visitation/parenting time, and custody. An address for the other party for service is required at time of filing.




How do I get custody of my children?


If you have a divorce or paternity case, you can file a Motion in said case. If you do not have a case, you must first open a case.




How much does it cost to file a case?


All new Domestic cases are $195, due at the time of filing.





Probate


Traffic


Court Trustee - IVD


Jury Duty


Adult Probation

Do I have to pay for UA’s?


We do not charge for UA’s unless the specimen has to be sent to the lab for further confirmation.




How do I find my case number


Court documents, ask your officer




I forgot who my probation officer is; how can I find out


Call us at 913-573-2846




How do I get my case transferred to a different state or county?


Speak to your officer about that process.





Juvenile Probation

Why has a charge been filed against my child?


Police reports involving juveniles are sent to the District Attorney’s Office. After reviewing the police report, the District Attorney’s Office decides if charges should be filed. The charges are based on the information received.




Does my child need a lawyer?


Kansas law requires that an attorney represents juveniles in court. The court will appoint an attorney automatically. An affidavit of indigency will need to be completed and turned in to the court so the judge can determine if you qualify for the court appointed attorney or will need to hire your own attorney. If a court appointed attorney is approved for your child, a reasonable fee may be assessed to reimburse the court. A family can choose to hire their own attorney. When a family hires an attorney, they are responsible to that attorney for any fees incurred during the representation of the juvenile




How can I help my child succeed on court supervision?


Be present and involved to the best of your ability. Discuss your child’s interests and how their day has been going. Thank your child when you see them do something you ask. Compliment your child when they make positive choices or perform well on a school assignment or other activity. Youth are more likely to continue positive behavior when they know their family is supportive of their positive choices.

Hold your child accountable. Do not ignore when your child is breaking rules at school, breaking rules of their supervision, or disrespecting your own home rules or expectations for them. Consequences for breaking rules should not involve verbal or physical abuse but do involve removing privileges such as the cell phone, Wifi, or gaming system. Be consistent with your rules and consequences. Don’t allow your child to associate with peers or friends who do not respect your home rules or expectations for your child. Remind your child that parents/guardians make rules for their children out of love and care for their safety and future successes.




How long will charges stay on my child’s record?


Juvenile offender charges and arrests remain on your child’s offender record until they request to have them expunged. Expungement is a legal process that will remove access to those charges by anyone other than the offender and a few, select others as provided by law. The process can be complicated, so it is recommended that you contact an attorney regarding the specifics of your child’s case. Additional information can be found on the District Attorney’s website (inset link).





Juvenile CINC

How can I find out my court date and time?


Call general information phone number- (913) 573-4190




Who is the attorney assigned to my case?


Contact your Court Services Officer- call general information number (913) 573-4190, use directory for Court Services Officer’s extension.




Who is the Court Services Officer assigned to my case?


Call general information phone number- (913) 573-4190





Civil

I am the Defendant on a Civil case. Will the Court appoint a lawyer to represent me?


No, the right to appointed counsel applies only in Criminal cases. In Civil cases, each party generally must pay their own attorney’s fee.




How can I change my name?


You can file a legal name change case in the Civil Department. Forms are available at the Self-Help Center on the 3rd Floor of the Courthouse or at kansasjudicialcouncil.org/legal-forms.




How can I change my child’s name?


If the child was born in the state of Kansas, you may request a VS-211 at the Civil Department located on the 3rd floor of the Courthouse. You must have original birth certificate with you, and all parties on the birth certificate must be present. If the child was not born in the state of Kansas, you can file a legal name change. Name change forms are available at the Self-Help Center on the 3rd Floor of the Courthouse or at kansasjudicialcouncil.org/legal-forms.




How do I file an Expungement?


If you were convicted, contact the Criminal Department. If you were arrested only, forms are available at the Self-Help Center located on the 3rd Floor of the Courthouse or at kansasjudicialcouncil.org/legal-forms.




How do I file for a Quiet Title?


Quiet Title forms and instructions are available at the Self-Help Center located on the 3rd Floor of the Courthouse.




How much does it cost to file a case?


Civil cases cost $195, due at the time of filing. All Liens cost $36. All Bonds cost $36.




How do I access the Record on Appeal/Table of Contents?


Please contact the Civil Department at (913) 573-2901.





Criminal

Where is the Criminal Department located?


We are on the second floor of the courthouse.




How can I get my case number?


You can get your case number from the Criminal Department in person or call 913-573-2905.




How do I sign in for a zoom hearing?


Contact your attorney for that information. If you do not have an attorney contact the Division hearing your case.




Who is my attorney? What is his/her contact information?


You can get your attorney information from the Criminal Department in person or call 913-573-2905.




How can I expunge my case?


The clerks in The Self Help Center located on the third floor of the courthouse can help you start the process.




How can I pay on my case?


You can pay in person with our Accounting Department located on the third floor of the courthouse. You can also pay by mail or pay online with citepayusa.com.





Main Courthouse

710 N 7th St, Kansas City, KS 66101

Please Note that many of our departments are at lunch from 12PM to 1PM

To view our Holiday Schedule Click Here.

Juvenile Courthouse

738 Ann Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66101

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