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Our Services

The District Court is divided into seven divisions. District judges preside over Divisions 1 through 6, and a pro tem judge presides over the Pro Tem Division. Starting January 11, 2011, cases generally are assigned as follows:

  • Division 1: major and limited civil; care and treatment; and probate
  • Division 2: criminal; divorce; and protection from abuse/stalking
  • Division 3: criminal law; family law; limited actions; care and treatment; and protection from abuse/stalking
  • Division 4: criminal; major and limited civil; care and treatment; small claims appeals
  • Division 5: criminal; major and limited civil; care and treatment; traffic appeals
  • Division 6: criminal; children in need of care; care and treatment; protection from abuse/stalking; adoptions
  • Pro Tem Division: criminal first appearances; juvenile offender; child support modification; traffic; and small claims

Clerk of the District Court

Child and Spousal Support

Information on establishing, collecting and disbursing child and spousal support.

Child Custody

Child custody options, including parenting plans, visitation and other resources.

Marriage and Divorce

Marriage licenses, ceremonies, and options for custody and divorce cases.

Small Claims

Small claims cases for less than $4,000.

Rules and Procedures

Rules and procedures for the District Court.


Services provided by the 7th Judicial District of the District Court.

Department Contacts

Name Job Title Phone Number Email Address
Douglas A. Hamilton Clerk of the District Court
Amber Ballard Supervisor / Jury Manager / Appeals 785-832-5111
Rachel Lavelle Supervisor / Liens 785-832-5255
Evie Schlife Accounting Technician / Probate 785-832-5252
Beverly Sigafoose Juvenile / Adoptions 785-832-5253
Brian Garton Jury Clerk 785-832-5213
Cindy Winger Traffic 785-832-5231
Emily Krichati Domestic / PFA Administrative Assistant 785-832-5227
Jordan Moore Records / Juvenile 785-832-5141
Kassandra Meyer Limited Civil 785-832-5257
Michael Preut Criminal 785-832-5236
Stephanie Weeks Small Claims / Major Civil 785-832-5228
Jury Service Recording 785-832-5108