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The Kansas Supreme Court
301 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka Kansas 66612-1507

Office of Judicial Administration
Fax:  785.296.7076
Email: info@kscourts.org

Appellate Clerk's Office
Fax:  785.296.1028
Email: appellateclerk@kscourts.org

Can Court Staff Help?

Yes. Court staff can provide information that can be helpful in the handling of your case. However, court staff cannot provide legal advice, which limits the type of information that can be given. The following are guidelines established by Supreme Court Administrative Order 232 for court staff to follow. Your understanding of what information can be provided will assist you in effectively talking with court staff.

Court Staff May:

  • Encourage self-represented litigants to be informed about their legal rights to consult with an attorney for legal advice.
  • Encourage self-represented litigants to consult with an attorney for legal advice.
  • Provide information about:
    1. Pro bono legal services;
    2. low-cost legal services;
    3. lawyer referral services; and
    4. a list of local attorneys provided by the local bar association.
  • Provide locations for all appropriate court-approved forms and written instructions.
  • Provide docketed case information.
  • Provide reasonable accommodations required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Provide locations for court-approved, written definitions of commonly used terms.
  • Provide general information about courtroom location, other agencies’ locations in the building, and in-house facilities.

Court Staff May Not Do Any Of The Following:

  • Provide legal advice, including but not limited to:
    1. recommending a specific course of action;
    2. performing legal research for litigants;
    3. interpreting how the law would apply to a specific situation;
    4. predicting the outcome of a particular strategy or action; and
    5. computing deadlines specified by statute or court rules.
  • Recommend any specific course of action, including but not limited to:
    1. whether to file a pleading;
    2. the specific content or phrasing for a pleading;
    3. the types of claims or arguments to assert in pleadings or objections to pleadings; and
    4. whether to settle or appeal.
  • Assist in completing any forms or advise on how a particular term or definition applies to a specific situation.
  • Interpret statutes or rules or advise whether a particular statute or rule applies in a specific situation.
  • Provide information kept confidential by statute or court rule.
  • Recommend or advise concerning rules of evidence, witnesses, objections, or rulings.