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Welcome to the 7th Judicial District of Kansas

District Court

The Seventh Judicial District is the state District Court for Douglas County, Kansas. The cities of Baldwin City, Eudora and Lawrence have their own municipal courts which are separate from state District Court. 

State District Courts are courts of general jurisdiction. That jurisdiction extends to all civil and criminal matters that are recognized under state law, including lawsuits for damages to personal rights and property, divorce and child custody, probate and administration of estates, guardianships/conservatorships, care of the mentally ill, juvenile matters and small claims. 

Decisions of the District Court are generally subject to appeal. Appeals can be taken to the Kansas Court of Appeals and, in some instances, directly to the Kansas Supreme Court.

We hope this page helps you locate the information you are seeking about our local District Court.


The Court Administrator supervises and coordinates the administrative functions and operations of the district court, supervises and directs the activities of non-judicial employees of the court and performs other duties that are designated by the chief judge, required by law or by the state Judicial Administrator.

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District Court Documents

Location

Judicial and Law Enforcement Center

111 East 11th Street Lawrence, KS 66044

Public Hours

Mon - Fri

8am - 12pm 1pm - 4:30pm

Contact Information
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Live Court Hearings

Department Contacts

Name Job Title Phone Number Email Address
Linda Koester-Vogelsang Court Administrator 785-832-5256 lkv@douglascountyks.org
Dee Jerome Administrative Assist 785-330-2810 djerome@douglascountyks.org
Court Trustee
Name Job Title Phone Number Email Address
Mary Elizabeth Diaz District Court Trustee 785-832-5315 mbdiaz@douglascountyks.org
John Giele Deputy District Court Trustee - Child Support 785-838-2407 jgiele@douglascountyks.org
Karen Taylor Office Manager 785-838-2403 ktaylor@douglascountyks.org
Front Counter Receptionist 785-832-5315 trustee@douglascountyks.org
Vera Gannaway Asst. Court Trustee - Child Support 785-838-2406 vgannaway@douglascountyks.org
Debra Pennington Paralegal - Child Support 785-838-2404 dpennington@douglascountyks.org
Jeanice Corbitt Paralegal - Child Support 785-838-2405 jcorbitt@douglascountyks.org
Sherry Bernhardt Clerk II - Child Support 785-832-5315 sbernhardt@douglascountyks.org
Heather Jackson Paralegal - Criminal/Restitution 785-838-2414 hjackson@douglascountyks.org
Marily Mulingbayan Clerk III - Criminal/Restitution 785-838-2400 mmulingbayan@douglascountyks.org
Shelby Stauch Clerk II - Traffic 785-838-2401 sstauch@douglascountyks.org
Sofie Schendel Clerk - Criminal/Restitution 785-832-5315 sschendel@douglascountyks.org
Division 1
Name Job Title Phone Number Email Address
The Honorable Amy Hanley District Judge 785-832-5265 division1@douglascountyks.org
Kris Knowles Admin. Asst. 785-832-5265 division1@douglascountyks.org
Donna Lytle Court Reporter 785-832-5234 division1@douglascountyks.org
Division 1 Fax 785-838-2454
Division 2
Name Job Title Phone Number Email Address
The Honorable Sally Pokorny District Judge 785-832-5248 division2@douglascountyks.org
Mary Kay Howe Court Reporter 785-832-5250 division2@douglascountyks.org
Becky Stephens Admin. Asst. 785-832-5248 division2@douglascountyks.org
Division 2 Fax 785-838-2454
Division 3
Name Job Title Phone Number Email Address
The Honorable B. Kay Huff District Judge 785-832-5230 division3@douglascountyks.org
Vernon Anderson Admin. Asst. 785-832-5230 division3@douglascountyks.org
Meghan Rogers Court Reporter 785-832-5230 division3@douglascountyks.org
Division 3 Fax 785-838-2456
Division 4
Name Job Title Phone Number Email Address
The Honorable James McCabria District Judge 785-832-5124 division4@douglascountyks.org
Tiffany Wade Admin. Asst. 785-832-5124 division4@douglascountyks.org
Tammy Hogsett Court Reporter 785-832-5249 division4@douglascountyks.org
Division 4 Fax 785-838-2455
Division 5
Name Job Title Phone Number Email Address
The Honorable Mark A. Simpson District Judge 785-832-5323 division5@douglascountyks.org
Zara Strayer Admin. Asst. 785-832-5323 division5@douglascountyks.org
Division 5 Fax 785-838-2455
Division 6
Name Job Title Phone Number Email Address
The Honorable Stacey Donovan District Judge 785-832-5144 division6@douglascountyks.org
Adelaida Mendoza Admin. Asst. 785-832-5144 division6@douglascountyks.org
Shelee Shafer Court Reporter 785-832-5200 division6@douglascountyks.org
Joyce Lederer Court Reporter 785-832-5200 division6@douglascountyks.org
Division 6 Fax 785-838-2455
Pro Tem Division
Name Job Title Phone Number Email Address
The Honorable James T. George Pro Tem Judge 785-330-2817 divprotem@douglascountyks.org
Lacy Gaultney Admin. Asst. 785-330-2817 divprotem@douglascountyks.org
Pro Tem Division Fax 785-838-2494
Juvenile Division
Name Job Title Phone Number Email Address
The Honorable Paul R. Klepper Juvenile Judge 785-832-5118 divprotem@douglascountyks.org
Angie Figgs Admin. Asst. 785-832-5118 afiggs@douglascountyks.org