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Supreme Court seeking public comment on proposed changes to Rules 106 and 108

Friday, July 10, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Beth Warrington
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The Kansas Supreme Court is accepting public comment until 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, on proposed changes to Rules 106 and 108 governing disclosure, reproduction and destruction of certain marriage records kept by district courts.


The proposed changes to Rule 106 are to establish a limited record that provides public information about marriage license applications, while providing protection for the personally identifiable information the documents contain. The changes will also establish criteria all district courts will follow when handling documents used to apply for a marriage license, as well as the license itself.


The proposed changes to Rule 106 include modifications made in response to comments the court received after an earlier draft of the rule changes were opened for public comment in March.


Proposed changes to Rule 108 are to add reference to, and establish standards for, how district courts will handle the confidential cover sheet and uniform marriage license application developed to provide a mechanism for consistent protection of marriage license applicants’ personally identifiable information.


The proposed changes to Rules 106 and 108 have no effect on how the Kansas Department of Health and Environment manages vital records under the Uniform Vital Statistics Act. People who meet eligibility requirements will still be able to get copies of marriage records from KDHE under the provisions of that act.


Proposed changes to Rules 106 and 108 are available for review on the Kansas judicial branch website at under the heading "What’s New."