Limited Actions/Small Claims
Shawnee County District Court is providing the following forms and self-help resources. Please note that these resources are presented for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice.
The court cannot provide you with legal advice and you will be held to the same standard as a licensed attorney.
ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING LIMITED ACTIONS CASES – DISMISSAL LISTS WILL RESUME JUNE 1, 2021
Dismissal lists under DCR 3.213(5) were suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dismissal lists will resume on June 1, 2021. All cases currently eligible for the dismissal list will be noticed on June 1, 2021, for dismissal 90 days thereafter under conditions outlined in the local rule.
If you are unrepresented and need legal assistance, you may contact one of the following free resources:
Kansas Legal Services Topeka
712 S. Kansas Ave., Suite 201
Topeka, Kansas 66603
Phone: (785) 354-8531
Fax: (785) 233-2096
Application Line: 1-800-723-6953
Washburn Law Clinic
Phone: (785) 670-1191
Fax: (785) 233-2096
Limited Action Forms
REVISED PRE-JUDGMENT PROCEDURE
REVISED MEMO FROM THE LIMITED ACTIONS DEPARTMENT
Per Administrative Order 2020-09, all plaintiffs in limited actions (LM) cases must include two additional documents with the Petition and Summons and Alias Summons to be served upon defendants. One of the documents to be sent has changed: there is a revised Memo From the Limited Actions Department. The revised Memo is available on the Court’s website. Plaintiffs must send the revised Memo with all petitions filed after 12/14/20.
The revised Memo explains the Court’s revised Pre-Judgment Procedure. Defendants in LM cases will NOT APPEAR IN PERSON FOR PRE-JUDGMENT MATTERS. Instead, defendants will simply fill out and return the blank Pre-Judgment Information Sheet and Answer form to the Court. If defendant does not timely return the form, default judgment will be entered. If defendant returns the form and agrees to the entry of judgment, judgment will be entered. If defendant returns the form and denies the allegations, defendant must explain why in the space provided on the form. Once the Court receives the form, the case will be set for a pre-trial hearing or for trial. The parties will receive a Notice of Hearing for the pre-trial or trial and must appear as instructed for that later court date.
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