July 14, 2020 1:22 PM
Due to health and safety concerns related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Shawnee County District Court will not conduct any jury trials before April 5, 2021. The Court is committed to ensuring the health and safety of jurors, defendants, court staff, and attorneys.
Traffic Dockets Update
Please note the following changes to the Shawnee County District Court traffic dockets through the month of March.
1. Tuesday morning Traffic Dockets at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. are cancelled through March 31, 2021. Afternoon traffic hearings and trials will be held as scheduled.
2. Please contact the District Attorney’s Office at (785) 251-4525 or by email to email@example.com – subject line “Traffic”. They are working diligently to resolve cases without requiring court appearances.
3. Monday DUI dockets will continue as scheduled.
4. All previously scheduled jail time is postponed effective immediately and will be rescheduled after April 5, 2021. Please call the court at (785) 251-6310 to reschedule their time.
5. Please consult the Shawnee County District Court website at www.shawneecourt.org (http://www.shawneecourt.org) for further information.
Weekend Jail Time Suspended
Effective immediately all defendants required to report to serve their jail sentence on weekends will be suspended. The dates to report will be suspended through at least April 5, 2021 and will have to be rescheduled.
The reason for these summary actions relates to the Shawnee County DOC experiencing an increase in COVID cases, and the corresponding need for testing and quarantine.
Shawnee County Courts Are Open With Restrictions
Shawnee County Courts are open with restrictions. Access to hearings are restricted to: Attorneys, parties in cases, people who have been requested to appear, and people who have an appointment. No more than 10 people are allowed to be present in one location at a time
Everyone must maintain a distance of 6 feet apart and wear a facemask until the judge allows removal.
Order Requiring Face Covering and Social Distancing For Court Business
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and the Shawnee County Health Department continue to recommend that all persons wear face masks and maintain social distancing of at least six feet from all other persons in order to control the spread of the Novel Coronavirus.
Order Requiring Face Covering and Social Distancing For Court Business (PDF).
Hearings on Orders of Isolation or Quarantine
Division 3 is handling hearings on orders of isolation or quarantine. We have the capability to conduct remote or in-person hearings on the record as circumstances require. If you need to make arrangements for a hearing on an order of isolation or quarantine under K.S.A. 65-129c, please call Division 3 at (785) 251-6320 to speak to the AA.
Order Releasing Witnesses Subpoenaed and Jurors Summoned for any Proceedings Which had been Scheduled to Begin Prior to May 1, 2020 and Continued by Supreme Court COVID-19 Order
Administrative Order 20-03 Releasing Witnesses Subpoenaed and Jurors Summoned for any Proceedings Which had been Scheduled to Begin Prior to May 1, 2020 and Continued by Supreme Court COVID-19 Order(PDF).
Order outlining Court Services Officers responsibilities during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Administrative Order 20-02 Regarding Court Services Officers and Reporting During COVID-19 Pandemic (PDF).
Order Outlining daily operations of the court during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Administrative Order 20-01 Court Operations During During COVID-19 Pandemic (PDF).