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A Message from Chief Justice Marla Luckert

Posted By Administration, Friday, March 20, 2020
Updated: Thursday, March 26, 2020

Dear Members of the Kansas Bar:

As the Kansas Supreme Court and the rest of the Kansas Judicial Branch move to emergency operations status under the orders filed and publicized over the last few days in response to COVID-19 disease, I want to reassure you that the state's electronic filing system continues to be accessible. Although statutes of limitation and other statutory timelines are suspended, you can still submit filings even if the filing does not relate to one of the emergency operations outlined in 2020-PR-016: Imposing Statewide Judiciary Restricted Operations Due to COVID-19 Emergency. Some e-filing processing will still occur, and judges will continue to deal with some matters. You should not expect a normal level of service, especially if your matter is not part of the emergency operation.

My colleagues and I and all others in the Kansas judicial branch will continue to do our best to move your cases through the system as expeditiously as possible. Our mission, of course, is to keep our judges and employees and the communities all of us care about safe while we maximize access to justice for our fellow Kansans.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this challenging time.

Marla Luckert
Chief Justice
Kansas Supreme Court
301 SW 10th Ave.
Topeka, KS 66612

Tags:  judiciary  Kansas Supreme Court  state 

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Administrative Order No. 2020-3

Posted By Ryan Purcell, Thursday, March 19, 2020
Updated: Thursday, March 26, 2020

Administrative Order No. 2020-3
In re Criminal Hearings and Trials Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19 and Related Coronavirus Health Conditions

Tags:  administrative order  Author: Ryan Purcell  criminal hearings  criminal trials  hearings  state  trials 

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Administrative Order No. 2020-2

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 19, 2020
Updated: Thursday, March 26, 2020

Administrative Order No. 2020-2
In re Novel Coronavirus Amended and COVID-19 Disease

Tags:  District of Kansas  Federal Court  United States District Court  USDC 

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Administrative Order No. 2020-1

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 19, 2020
Updated: Thursday, March 26, 2020

Administrative Order No. 2020-1
In re Administration of Jury Plan Pursuant to D. Kan. Rule 38.1

Tags:  D. Kan.Rule 38.1 (a)  Kansas City  Topeka  Wichita 

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COVID-19 Operational and Workplace Guidance from Governor Laura Kelly

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Updated: Thursday, March 26, 2020

TO: State Employees, Agencies, Boards and Commissions

FROM: Governor Laura Kelly

Date: March 13, 2020

RE: COVID-19 Operational and Workplace Guidance 

View Announcement

Tags:  state  state agencies  state boards and commissions  State employees 

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Kansas Supreme Court restricts Judicial Center access, cancels March oral arguments

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 16, 2020
Updated: Thursday, March 26, 2020

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court issued Administrative Order 2020-PR-015 restricting access to the Kansas Judicial Center; outlining a self-quarantine policy for employees and judges; and canceling travel, conferences, and training organized by or involving the judicial branch workforce.

This is the Supreme Court’s second order issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visits to the Judicial Center, 301 W 10th Ave., Topeka, are restricted to judicial branch judges and employees and members of the public who have court business that cannot be conducted remotely online or via mail service with the:

  • Kansas Supreme Court
  • Kansas Court of Appeals
  • Clerk of the Appellate Courts
  • Appellate Reporter's Office
  • Kansas Judicial Council
  • Office of Judicial Administration

This restriction also applies to the Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program and the Disciplinary Administrator's offices, which are in other locations.

There will be no events or tours in the Judicial Center, and the Supreme Court Law Library will not receive visitors.

People entering the Judicial Center or offices of the Disciplinary Administrator or the Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program may be asked screening questions consistent with public health guidelines. Admission may be denied.

The Supreme Court encourages using the judicial branch website at www.kscourts.org and other online tools to complete court business in lieu of visiting these locations.

Chief judges are advised to develop similar restrictions for each judicial district.

Judicial branch judges and employees will be required to self-quarantine and not report to work for 14 days if they or someone with whom they live or share close contact has traveled or will travel after March 1 to any international location, to high-risk areas in the United States with known widespread community transmission identified by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, or on a cruise ship.

Self-quarantined workers will be required to work from home or receive administrative leave, depending on the nature of their jobs.

Judicial branch workforce travel for meetings, conferences, trainings, or similar events is discontinued. All in-person trainings provided or organized by the judicial branch are canceled. Where possible, the judicial branch workforce will use digital options for meetings, trainings, or similar work tasks.

On March 12, the Supreme Court issued Administrative Order 2020-PR-013 to outline judicial branch policy on:

  • anticipated personnel issues;
  • notices to the public; and
  • continuity of operation plans.

Supreme Court cancels March 23-26 oral arguments in Topeka

The Supreme Court canceled oral arguments scheduled in March as part of its efforts to protect the public and judicial branch staff during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Justices were scheduled to hear oral arguments in 17 appeals. Oral arguments take place in the Kansas Supreme Court courtroom in the Kansas Judicial Center in Topeka.

Some appeals will be decided on the briefs and others will be scheduled for argument on a future date. 

On March 13, the Supreme Court canceled its travel docket scheduled April 7 at Concordia High School in Concordia. The two cases to be heard then also will be rescheduled.

Visitor alerts at Kansas courthouses

Kansas courts have posted public notices urging people not to enter courtrooms or court offices if they have traveled to areas affected by COVID-19, or have been exposed to or have symptoms of the disease.

Members of the public, as well as attorneys and their clients, who have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19 are asked to call or email court personnel to complete court business or to reschedule.

District court contact information is posted in courthouses and is also online.

Supreme Court justice self-quarantines

Justice Caleb Stegall has entered a period of self-quarantine until March 27.

Stegall's action is pursuant to the Supreme Court's administrative order issued March 16 that outlines judicial branch self-quarantine procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Several of Stegall’s family members just returned from traveling in areas covered by today's order.

Stegall will participate fully in all court activities by remote conferencing and will continue to perform all other duties, including serving as departmental justice for two judicial departments. Those departments include the 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 12th, 15th, 17th, 21st, 23rd, and 28th judicial districts.

“We are relying on the best available information and medical expertise in order to keep everyone safe,” Stegall said, “and we urge all Kansans to do the same.”

State of Kansas
Office of Judicial Administration
Kansas Judicial Center
301 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1507
785-296-2256
www.kscourts.org

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Attorney, client protocol established for Kansas courts

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 16, 2020
Updated: Thursday, March 26, 2020

Attorney, client protocol
established for Kansas courts

TOPEKA—Attorneys and their clients who have symptoms of COVID-19, have been exposed to the virus, or are covered by the Kansas Department of Health's recommendations for quarantine and isolation of travelers are advised to follow protocols established by the Kansas judicial branch.

Persons entering any Kansas courthouse may be asked screening questions consistent with public health guidelines. Admission may be denied for public health concerns. These individuals will be encouraged to visit a courtroom or court offices at another time or use a different method of conducting business.

Attorneys should ask their clients to follow these rules. If a judge determines a proceeding must proceed, individuals may be required to wear masks.

Postings inside courthouses will provide telephone or email contact information for court personnel. Contact information for district courts also is available online.

Attorneys, members of the public, and law enforcement officers appearing in courtrooms should follow the same hand foam and hand-washing procedures as court employees. That includes frequently washing hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds or using alcohol-based hand cleaners. If sheriff's deputies or inmates in their custody have a fever or are coughing, they should wear masks while in the courthouses.

If any inmate is confirmed to have COVID-19, the court will coordinate with the sheriff, defense counsel, and the prosecutor to arrange for video appearances or continuances of court proceedings.

Kansas Judicial Branch
Office of Judicial Administration
Kansas Judicial Center
301 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1507
785-296-2256
www.kscourts.org

Tags:  COVID-19  Kansas Courts  protocol 

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