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Kansas District Courts

The Kansas district courts are the trial courts of Kansas. Created by the Kansas Constitution, the district courts have general original jurisdiction over all civil and criminal cases including:

  • Divorce and domestic relations;
  • Damage suits;
  • Probate and administration of estates, guardianships, conservatorships;
  • Care of the mentally ill;
  • Juvenile matters;
  • Small claims.

Kansas is divided into thirty-one judicial districts, with 163 district court judges. The number of judges varies from district-to-district. There is a district court in each county.[1]

In addition to online service, the state of Kansas now offers mobile access to court records and case information. Users can instantly find court records for any Kansas county district court via the app. Complete case histories can be searched by county, court type or case number. Access to the service is available at:[2]


The mandatory age of retirement for a Kansas District Court judge is 75, but a judge who reaches that age mid-term may serve out the remainder of their term.[3]

Judicial selection

In seventeen District Courts, judges are chosen through the commission-selection, political appointment method. These judges stand for retention after their first year in office. If retained, they serve four-year terms.

In fourteen of the districts, judges are chosen in partisan elections. These judges serve four-year terms and run for re-election at the end of their terms.[4]

For more, read: Judicial selection in Kansas.


District Court Counties Served
1st District Atchison and Leavenworth
2nd District Jackson, Jefferson, Pottawatomie and Wabaunsee
3rd District Shawnee
4th District Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, and Osage
5th District Chase and Lyon
6th District Bourbon, Linn and Miami
7th District Douglas
8th District Dickinson, Geary, Marion and Morris
9th District Harvey and McPherson
10th District Johnson
11th District Cherokee, Crawford and Labette
12th District Cloud, Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Republic and Washington
13th District Butler, Elk and Greenwood
14th District Chautauqua and Montgomery
15th District Cheyenne, Logan, Rawlins, Sheridan, Sherman, Thomas and Wallace
16th District Clark, Comanche, Ford, Gray, Kiowa and Meade
17th District Decatur, Graham, Norton, Osborne, Phillips and Smith
18th District Sedgwick
19th District Cowley
20th District Barton, Ellsworth, Rice, Russell and Stafford
21st District Clay and Riley
22nd District Brown, Doniphan, Marshall and Nemaha
23rd District Ellis, Gove, Rooks and Trego
24th District Edwards, Hodgeman, Lane, Ness, Pawnee and Rush
25th District Finney, Greeley, Hamilton, Kearny, Scott, Wichita
26th District Grant, Haskell, Morton, Seward, Stanton and Stevens
27th District Reno
28th District Ottawa and Saline
29th District Wyandotte
30th District Barber, Harper, Kingman, Pratt and Sumner
31st District Allen, Neosho, Wilson and Woodson

See also

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