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Updated February 9, 2024

The Sedgwick County District Court Clerk’s Office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, February 12 through Friday, February 16 and closed from noon to 5 p.m. to address a backlog of paper documents filed after October 12.

The District Court will be closed February 19 in observance of Presidents Day.

Attention Attorneys: Effective Jan. 11th, 2024 E-filing is available to be utilized for cases already in our Case Management System(CMS). This includes all cases filed prior to Oct. 12, 2023 and cases filed since Oct. 12 that have been entered into the CMS by our staff. Once a case has been entered it will show in your e-filing search results. The court will no longer accept paper filings for cases that have been entered. Click here for information on how to reset your password and set up a new wallet.

The Kansas Supreme Court is releasing an order today to reinstate electronic filing requirements in district courts effective January 31.

Administrative Order 2024-CC-006 (https://kansascourts.org/l/qYv4JxyHG499MD7alrEJ56jkx2ighJu0Z9_qtaqGijw) requires attorneys and other efiling users to electronically file in cases that exist in the Kansas Courts eFiling system, except for appeals to the Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court.

The order also requires all new cases to be initiated through the efiling system, except those that are appeals to the Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court.

Electronic filing under Rules 122 and 122A

Beginning January 31, efiling users must resume electronic filing in district court cases according to the provisions of Supreme Court Rules 122 (https://kansascourts.org/l/qYv4JxyHG499MD7alrEJ5_9nMMh6Sp0DJUUPZSShk
cU) and 122A (https://kansascourts.org/l/qYv4JxyHG499MD7alrEJ5zHuounVQxFhmWJMozHqp-I) , but only if the case is in the Kansas Courts eFiling system.

An electronic filer can tell whether a case exists in the efiling system by searching for it. If there is a match, filings must be through the efiling system. If there isn’t a match, filings will be on paper until the case is added to the system.

If an efiler is initiating a new case, it must be through the efiling system, unless it’s an appeal to the Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court.

Paper filings postmarked January 31 or prior must be processed as they would have been before the new order was issued.

Message to efilers

We will alert electronic filers of the efiling requirement by a message sent through eFlex.

We will remind attorneys they must set up a new TOGA wallet account (https://kansascourts.org/l/qYv4JxyHG499MD7alrEJ58EeOR-5bajpg0QgHde80X8) if they haven’t done so since electronic filing was restored in district courts.

IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE FEBRUARY 9th, 2024

 

WICHITA—The Sedgwick County District Court clerk office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, February 12, through Friday, February 16, being closed from noon to 5 p.m. to address a backlog of paper documents filed after October 12.

 

The court has been operating on paper since an October 12 cyberattack temporarily incapacitated several court information systems. Included was the Kansas eCourt case management system district courts use to process cases.

 

The Sedgwick County District Court’s access to the case management system was restored December 27, 2023. The court clerk office will use afternoon hours next week to prepare paper documents to be entered and to begin entering into the case management system.

 

Filing documents January 16 - January 19

 

If a party has a document to file in a case, they are encouraged to eFile the document or, if not approved for e-filing, to deliver it to the clerk’s office between 8 a.m. and noon. If a party can’t make it to the courthouse during morning hours, they can file the document by fax or leave it in the court drop box. If time allows, documents can also be sent by mail.

 

Kansas eCourt case management system

 

The Kansas eCourt case management system is used by district courts in 104 counties. It centralizes case data and provides a register of actions in each case. It is being reintroduced in district courts in phases. It is expected to be back in use in all courts except Johnson County by the end of 2023.

 

Kansas Courts eFiling system

 

The Kansas Courts eFiling system used by attorneys and justice partners to file documents electronically in district court cases will be brought online after the case management system is restored in district courts statewide.

 

Updates

 

Updates on the cyberattack and efforts to restore court information systems are online at www.kscourts.org/security-incident.

 

Judicial branch announces plan to restore district court information systems

Appellate efiling, case management systems to be restored after district court systems

TOPEKA—The Kansas judicial branch tentatively plans to restore most information systems used by district courts in 104 Kansas counties by year-end, including systems used to process cases and receive electronically filed documents.


The Kansas Supreme Court announced last week that the judiciary’s information systems were temporarily incapacitated by a cyberattack.
The recovery plan announced today follows best practices for safely restoring and managing information systems following this type of security incident.

The timeline, which projects work to be accomplished over the next several weeks, is also subject to change. 
“To help us prepare our recovery timeline, we sought input from cybersecurity incident recovery experts,” said Chief Justice Marla Luckert. “While we believe our estimate is realistic, we must be prepared for fluctuations as we move forward with our plan."
 

Judicial branch working on phased recovery of its information systems

TOPEKA—

The Public Access Service Center and the District Court Service Center have been operating for one week at the Judicial Center in Topeka.  The service centers are staffed by district court clerks, trial court clerks, chief court services officers (CSOs), CSOs, secretaries, administrative assistants, court reporters and Office of Judicial Administration employees.

 

The Public Access Service Center allows visitors to search district court case information by appointment.  Attorneys and members of the public can visit the Public Access Service Center appointment request form to schedule an appointment.  Click here for more information about the Public Access Service Center.  Since November 7, 240 people have made 569 appointments to use the Public Access Service Center.

 

The District Court Service Center provides remote support to district courts.  Staff send data and records to fill district court needs, including court schedules, routine reports and documents used for hearings or court transcripts.  Access also allows courts to process drivers’ license reinstatements and abstracts of conviction.  The center also provides CSOs access to documents they need to prepare presentence investigation reports. 

 

The District Court Service Center can be reached by emailing timestudy@kscourts.org.  Instructions for submitting a request to the District Court Service Center can be found in the OJA Resources folder.

 

These service centers are positive gains for the entire judicial branch and those our courts serve.  Please join me in thanking the team leading these efforts.  I would also like to extend a tremendous thanks to the 55 employees from 13 Kansas judicial districts who are staffing the service centers.

 

We recognize these are incremental steps in safely getting the judicial branch back to normal operations.  Please know we are working as quickly as possible while focusing on safety and security.  We appreciate your patience and hard work to serve your communities during this time.

Supreme Court issues new order about court operations 

 

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court issued Administrative Order 2023-CC-074 today confirming clerk offices in the appellate courts and all district courts—except the court in Johnson County—remain unable receive electronic filings at this time.

Courts are open and operating, but clerks cannot receive electronic filings or electronic payments. All filings must be on paper or by fax. Paper filings can be hand delivered or sent by mail.

The order declares clerk offices inaccessibl
e because the electronic filing systems in those courts are unavailable. This allows a party to seek relief from a court if their filing is untimely.

“This order and other information on our website will guide court users on our operations while our information systems are offline,” said Chief Justice Marla Luckert. “We continue to serve our communities, but we are using different methods until our systems are restored.”

The Kansas Courts eFiling system has been offline since the judicial branch experienced a security incident late last week. The security incident affected several systems used daily by courts statewide, including the efiling system attorneys use to file documents in cases, the case management systems district and appellate courts use to process cases, and others.

The Office of Judicial Administration has added information to the judicial branch website to help court users while court systems are offline. The Court systems security incident page will be updated as new information becomes available. It includes links to information pages for attorneys and the public who need to interact with courts.

Information circulating publicly about court systems being down two weeks emanates from continuity of operations discussions in the Office of Judicial Administration. By applying a timeline, the office could focus on court and court user needs and how to meet them while its systems are offline.

The Office of Judicial Administration is working with experts from several sources to find out what happened in the security incident, how it happened, and how far it reached. Until those questions are answered, the Office of Judicial Administration can’t predict when the systems will be brought back online.

The network issues faced by the judicial branch interrupted user access to several online systems, including:

  • Kansas Courts eFiling, which accepts electronically filed documents.

  • Kansas Protection Order Portal, which accepts electronically filed documents.

  • Kansas District Court Public Access Portal, which allows searching district court case information.

  • Appellate Case Inquiry System, which allows searching appellate court case information.

  • Kansas Attorney Registration, which allows searching for an attorney by name or bar number.

  • Kansas online marriage license application. Persons can still apply, but the application will not be sent to a district court for processing through the efiling system.

  • Central Payment Center, which operates in the Office of Judicial Administration, will not be able to process disbursements on behalf of district courts.

  • Kansas eCourt case management system, which district courts use to process cases.

 

Prior news releases on security incident:

Supreme Court says state courts will stay open, operate on paper while security incident examined (10-13-23)
Supreme Court issues order in response to network security incident (10-12-23)
Network issues affecting access to some court systems (10-12-23)

 

 

 

 

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Attention Small Claim Customers!!
Until further notice, all Small Claims hearings are being held in the main courthouse at 525 N Main, on the 4th floor, Courtroom 4-1. 

PFA/PFSSAHT Process

Filing a petition for protection is now easily accessible from your computer or phone.
Please click here to access the KS POP (Protection Order Portal) for helpful information, resources, and a clear path. You can complete the forms from anywhere and on any device. It is also free. When you click submit, your forms are sent to the court clerk.

For help filling out the forms on-line, please call (316) 660-5290

Walk-In Traffic Court
Walk-in Traffic Court is located on the first floor of the Sedgwick County Courthouse.
The hours are from 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m, Monday - Friday (excluding holidays), and
in the afternoon from 1:30 p.m. - 3:0
0 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday ONLY
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To apply for a marriage license online, please follow this link.
Kids First Workshop

The Kids First Workshop is open for scheduling.
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Please contact the clerks office at: (316) 660-5727 or by emailing sg.kidsfirst@kscourts.org to schedule your class.
Limited Civil Cases

The CV LM Defendant Information Sheet is available here. You can complete and submit the form on-line BEFORE your scheduled court date in lieu of appearing in person.  This is for NON eviction cases only.
 
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