While cities in Leavenworth County have been postponing municipal court hearings due to the coronavirus outbreak, Leavenworth County District Court remains open.
“We’re going to proceed as normally as possible,” Court Administrator Steve Crossland said.
He said court officials are engaged in an ongoing balance of local health directives and the needs of patrons and attorneys to have their cases heard.
“We will review it as conditions change,” he said.
Crossland acknowledged that matters related to the coronavirus, or COVID-19, are changing rapidly.
Offices and courtrooms for Leavenworth County District Court are located at the Justice Center in Leavenworth.
Crossland said signs provided by the Kansas Judicial Branch are posted in the court areas of the Justice Center. The signs ask visitors to make arrangements by phone or email to reschedule their court business if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or possibly have been exposed to the disease.
Members of the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office have started screening visitors to the Justice Center due to concern about COVID-19. The screening process includes a check of a visitor’s temperature.
The Justice Center is operated by the county government. On Tuesday, county officials announced that public access to county facilities was being prohibited for at least two weeks. But County Administrator Mark Loughry said this would not extend to the Justice Center, which may have statutory requirements for remaining open.