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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

You and the Courts of Kansas - Judges and Justices

There are two types of district court judges.

  • District judges exercise the full power and authority of the court.
  • District magistrate judges have jurisdiction over probate and juvenile matters, misdemeanor trials, and preliminary examinations in felony cases. They may also hear certain civil actions as set forth in state statutes.

Court of Appeals judges and Supreme Court justices ordinarily do not conduct trials. They decide an appealed case by reading the trial record and written briefs filed by the parties, and by hearing oral arguments of lawyers. They research and review the laws involved and then write opinions that usually are published in bound volumes called reports.

Judges and justices move cases through their courts as quickly as possible while making sure that every case receives careful attention.