District Court to resume non-essential hearings

John Richmeier
Courtesy: Leavenworth County Health Department

Leavenworth County District Court will resume hearings for non-essential matters June 15. But most of the proceedings will be conducted using audio and video means instead of in-person hearings, according to a news release from the court administrator.

The District Court Clerk’s Office will remain closed to in-person public access.

Because of concerns about COVID-19, district court proceedings have been limited to hearings for only what are considered essential matters since March 18.

The resumption of non-essential hearings is considered a step toward reopening District Court to full operations, according to Court Administrator Steve Crossland.

Courtrooms for Leavenworth County District Court are located in the Justice Center in Leavenworth. Because public access to the Justice Center remains restricted, non-essential court proceedings will be conducted through audio and video means unless otherwise ordered by a judge.

When an in-person hearing is authorized, no more than 10 people will be allowed in a courtroom at one time and people will be required to wear face coverings if they are unable to maintain the required social distancing. Courtrooms periodically will be disinfected.

People are encouraged to complete their business before the court online, by phone or through the mail. In cases when this is not possible, people should call District Court at 913-684-0700 for direction, according to Crossland.

People who are not represented by an attorney can file documents by submitting them to District Court by fax at 913-684-0492. Legal forms that may be used in a variety of civil actions are available at www.kansasjudicialcouncil.org

Persons who seek Protection From Abuse or Protection From Stalking, Sexual Assault or Human Trafficking emergency orders must file petitions with District Court. Petition forms are available from 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office, which is located in the Justice Center at 601 S. Third St.

Completed petitions can be filed by fax at 913-684-0492 or hand-delivered to the Sheriff’s Office.

People wanting to contact Court Services should call 913-684-0750.

The Leavenworth County Health Department reported Tuesday that confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county now total 1,095.

That number includes 830 cases involving Lansing Correctional Facility inmates and 67 cases involving staff and inmates at the Grossman Center halfway house in Leavenworth.

Of the remaining 198 “community” cases, 40 are considered active, according to a daily update from the Health Department.

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