Updated: October 16, 2023 3:44 PM
Dear Counsel and Self Represented Litigants in Shawnee County District Court,
Due to a recent cyber security incident affecting Kansas courts, Shawnee County District Court will likely be operating on a paper filing basis until at least October 27, 2023. As a result of this incident, Judges do not have the ability to access the electronic record on most cases and may not have access to their court calendar. Consequently, unless notified differently by the Clerk of the Court or the judge presiding over your case, you must do the following:
1. Appear for hearings as scheduled.
2. Bring copies of filed pleadings and proposed orders to your hearing.
3. If you have current motions, petitions or other requests pending with the court, provide a chamber's copy of the motion to the judge presiding over your case. All new case filings must also follow this process.
4. For new filings, you will also be responsible for attaching correct and accurate certificates of service and otherwise following the proper procedures for filing as existed prior to the electronic file system.
5. If you submitted proposed orders electronically last week and did not receive notification that they have been signed, then resubmit the pending proposed order and any previously filed motion or other document supporting the proposed order directly to chambers for review, signature, and hand filing. Signed orders will be provided to parties and/or counsel. The assigned judge will notify parties and/or counsel if the order is rejected.
Please click below to see the most recent Press Releases from the Judicial Administrator and the most recent Administrative Orders issued by Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Marla Luckert regarding disruptions to normal court operations, including the filing of pleadings and scheduling of hearings during this disruption:
If you have specific questions about your filed case, an upcoming hearing or materials needed for a hearing, please contact the judge's chamber where your case is assigned. Please see the following link for a list of contact information for each judicial division. https://www.shawneecourt.org/314/Contacts#judge-anchor ;
If you have questions regarding how to file a case, when you are to appear for a docket, how or when to make payments on your case, etc., please contact the Clerk of the Court. You may also visit the Court of the Clerk office, in its current location, in Room 100 of the Courthouse, 200 SE 7th St., Topeka, KS 66603 or call 785-251-6700.
I thank you for your patience during this period of temporary disruption.
Steven R. Ebberts
Chief Judge, Division 12
Third Judicial District