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Representing Yourself In Court

Representing Yourself In Court

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Rules and Procedures

Audio, video and photographic recordings of court proceedings

All persons wishing to record proceedings must follow Rule No. 13 of the Local Court Rules which is itself a supplement to Kansas Supreme Court Rule 1001.  Please contact the division's administrative assistant in advance of the proceedings by telephone or email.

Courtroom electronics

It is the responsibility of the party who wishes to use courtroom electronics during a proceeding to ensure that the device he or she wishes to use is compatible with the electronic equipment in the courtroom.  This includes providing any cables or adapters necessary for connection.  Compatibility must be determined prior to the start of proceedings.  Parties may contact the administrative assistant in advance of the proceedings to set up a time to test their devices with the courtroom's equipment.

Any party who may be unsure how to use the courtroom equipment may schedule a time in advance of the proceedings in order for the administrative assistant to help them become familiar with it.

Jury Duty

Information for jurors in the 7th Judicial District, Douglas County, Kansas, is provided by the Clerk of the District Court.  Current and prospective jurors may visit the restricted Juror Portal page to enter and gather information.

​​7th Judicial District

Local Court Rules

Administrative Orders

Douglas County Family Law Guidelines

State of Kansas

Supreme Court Rules Relating to District Courts

Help Center

Please note: The standard instructions and forms contained in here are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice about your case.  If you choose to represent yourself, you are bound by the same rules and procedures as an attorney.  These forms may be used in division III but other courts in this district may not have approved these forms.  Some of these forms have been revised to eliminate the option of modifying the form itself.  This decision was made to protect the integrity of forms presented to the court and will allow the court to know that the forms contain all the required information.  Users may continue to download the forms for completion but modification of the form is not available.

Self-Help

It is very important for you to know that when you sign a court document, you provide information to the court that may help or hurt your case.  Before you sign any court document or get involved with a court case, it is strongly suggested that you talk with a lawyer to make sure you know your rights and all your legal options.  If you choose to represent yourself you must be prepared.  Although these forms have been prepared to help you represent yourself, you should know that certain courts have their own procedures and may not accept every form.

The Kansas Judicial Branch website has an extensive self-help section which includes things you should know when representing yourself, where to get legal help, what court staff may and may not do for you, frequently asked questions and much more.

Information about birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates in Kansas, including amendments and corrections thereto, may be found at the Office of Vital Statistics.

Typical forms filed by pro se (self-represented) litigants are found below:

Evictions

Procedures for Filing Limited Actions

Notice to Vacate Premises

Notice to Vacate for Nonpayment of Rent

Civil Cover Sheet

Petition for Eviction (fillable)

Eviction Summons

Answer of Defendant

Journal Entry of Judgment

Journal Entry for Possession

Writ of Restitution for Immediate Possession

Expungements

Forms for expungement of arrest record, conviction or diversion, along with instructions, may be found at the Kansas Judicial Council.

Name Change

Forms for adult name change, along with instructions, may be found at the Kansas Judicial Council..

Other resources

Douglas County Legal Aid Society

Kansas Legal Services

Kansas Statutes

Forms

Please note: The standard instructions and forms contained here are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice about your case.  If you choose to represent yourself, you are bound by the same rules and procedures as an attorney.  These forms may be used in division III but other courts in this district may not have approved these forms.  Some of these forms have been revised to eliminate the option of modifying the form itself.  This decision was made to protect the integrity of forms presented to the court and will allow the court to know that the forms contain all the required information.  Users may continue to download the forms for completion but modification of the form is not available.

Criminal and Traffic

Financial Affidavits for Appointed Defense Services

Financial Affidavit (English)

Financial Affidavit (Español)

Plea Advisories

Plea Advisory (English)

Plea Advisory (Español)

Expungements

Forms for expungement of arrest record, conviction or diversion, along with instructions, may be found at the Kansas Judicial Council.

Miscellaneous

Request for Disclosure of an Affidavit or Sworn Testimony (fillable)

Notice of Duty to Register

Notification of Procedures and Requirements of the Offender Registration Act

Waiver of Extradition

Major Civil

Civil Cover Sheet

Name Change

Forms for adult name change, along with instructions, may be found at the Kansas Judicial Council.

Limited Civil Actions

Evictions

Forms for evictions, along with instructions, may be found in the Help Center.

 

See more: https://www.douglascountyks.org/depts/clerk-district-court/docs

External Resources

State and Federal Courts

United States Supreme Court

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

​Kansas Supreme Court

​Kansas Court of Appeals

Kansas Judicial Branch

State and Federal Statutes

U.S. Code: Table of Contents (Legal Information Institute Cornell)

Kansas Statutes

Local Governments

Douglas County, Kansas

City of Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas

City of Eudora, Douglas County, Kansas

City of Baldwin City, Douglas County, Kansas

Other Resources

Dispute Resolution

Board of Indigents' Defense Services (BIDS)

Cornell Law Library

Douglas County Legal Aid Society

Kansas Legal Services

Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF)

Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS)

Kansas Department of Health and Environment: Office of Vital Statistics

Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library

Washburn Law Library

Wheat Law Library, University of Kansas

 

 

Disclaimer: This website provides links, documents and instructions for informational purposes only. The forms and documents are not modified. The use of forms and documents cannot be construed as endorsement. The court is not responsible for the practices of this website. The court encourage you to research and examine the information provided. This website contents external links. The court does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of external information.