19th Judicial District Court

About District Court

The 19 Judicial District is comprised of Cowley County. Cowley County has two court locations. The court location in Winfield is in the Cowley County Courthouse, 311 E. 9th, on the second floor of the Cowley County Courthouse located at 311 East 9th Avenue, Winfield, Kansas. Our second court is located on the second floor of the City of Arkansas City municipal building located at 1st and Central Street in Arkansas City, Kansas. Generally cases that end in the letter “W” are heard in Winfield and cases that end in the letter ”A” are heard in Arkansas City. There are a few exceptions to this rule as cases are occasionally transferred between the judges due to possible conflicts of interest or to help manage a judge’s work load.

 

All jury trials are held in the main court in Winfield. All limited actions cases are to be filed in the District Court in Winfield. The court in Winfield and the court in Arkansas City each hear traffic, criminal, domestic (divorce), probate, small claims, juvenile, child in need of care, protection from abuse/stalking and general civil cases. Marriage licenses may be obtained in the clerk’s office in Winfield or Arkansas City.

Supreme Court Rule 123

Effective July 1st, 2005 the Kansas Supreme Court Rule 123 requires a standard cover sheet on all new cases filed in Kansas. Please see the links below for SC Rule 123 and the sample coversheets. The Adobe (PDF) versions of the cover sheets are forms that allow for completion once downloaded.

New Rules for District Court – Effective May 1, 2012

District Court Judges

Chief Judge

Hon Nicholas St. Peter

Presides over cases in Winfield, with an office located in Winfield.

District Court Judge

Hon James T. Pringle Jr.

Presiding Judge in the District Court in Arkansas City, with an office located in Arkansas City.

District Court Judge

Hon LaDonna Lanning

Presiding Judge in the District Court in Winfield, with an office located in Winfield.

District Court Staff

Chief Clerk

Marilyn Leith

The Court Clerk’s office is located in the main courthouse in Winfield. Deputy Court clerks are located at both Winfield and Arkansas City.

Chief Court Services Officer

Dan Smith

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