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18th Judicial District

General Court Rules

Printable Version(Updated 05/29/2018)

100 Court Structure
101 Department Staffing
102 Traffic / First Appearance Judge
103 Drug Court / Chapter 61 Judge
104 Chief Judge
105 Absence of Chief Judge
106 Administrative Orders
107 Court Sessions
108 Department Vacancies
109 Rotation / Swapping


Rule 100
Court Structure

The District Court of the Eighteenth Judicial District shall be divided into departments. The departments shall be designated as Civil, Criminal, Domestic, Probate and Juvenile.

The Civil, Criminal, Domestic and Juvenile Departments shall each have a Presiding Judge to generally supervise the business of such departments. Such Judges will be appointed by the Chief Judge. The Chief Judge may remove such Judge in his/her discretion.

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Rule 101
Department Staffing

The Civil Department shall consist of 5 Trial Judges, including the Presiding Civil Judge.

The Criminal Department shall consist of 10 Trial Judges, including the Presiding Criminal Judge.

The Family Law Department shall consist of 5 Trial Judges, including the Presiding Family Law Judge.

The Juvenile Department shall consist of 4 Trial Judges, including the Presiding Juvenile Judge.

Probate Department shall consist of the Probate Judge.

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Rule 102
Traffic / First Appearance Judge

In addition to the Judges assigned pursuant to Rule 101, a Judge shall be assigned by the Chief Judge as the Traffic / First Appearance Judge. The Judge so assigned shall have responsibility over all traffic cases filed in the Eighteenth Judicial District. In addition, the Judge so assigned will conduct all first appearance hearings required by K.S.A. 22-2901.

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Rule 103
Drug Court / Chapter 61 Judge

In addition to the Judges assigned pursuant to Rule 101, a Judge shall be assigned by the Chief Judge as the Drug Court / Chapter 61 Judge. The Judge so assigned shall have responsibility over all cases that have been approved and accepted into Drug Court. In addition, all Chapter 61 cases that are designated as landlord – tenant or debt collection cases in which the defendant has appeared shall be assigned to the Drug Court / Chapter 61 Judge. All other Chapter 61 cases shall be assigned to the Judges in the Civil Department.

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Rule 104
Chief Judge

The Chief Judge shall perform the duties as specified by the Rules of the Supreme Court and the Kansas Statutes Annotated as amended.

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Rule 105
Absence of Chief Judge

In the absence of the Chief Judge, these duties shall be performed by any Judge the Chief Judge designates.

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Rule 106
Administrative Orders

All District Court Administrative Orders will be filed with the Clerk of the District Court. Copies of such orders shall be furnished to the Sedgwick County Law Library.

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Rule 107
Court Sessions

Unless otherwise ordered, court shall be in regular session from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon and 1:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday.

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Rule 108
Department Vacancies

Any vacancy created in any of the Departments shall be filled by seniority. Any vacancy created in the Traffic/First Appearance Court or the Drug Court/Chapter 61 Court shall be fulfilled by appointment by the Chief Judge.

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Rule 109
Department Vacancies

Beginning in January 2021, and every third year thereafter, by seniority, and with the approval of the Chief Judge, the Judges may elect to rotate out of assigned department. At any time, with the approval of the Chief Judge, Judges by agreement may swap assignments. Any Judge who changes assignment may, with the approval of the Chief Judge, retain individual cases in which a change of the assigned judge would not be in the interests of justice.

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