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.

Local Rules for Cowley County District Court,  19th Judicial District of Kansas

Electronic Filing


MANDATORY ELECTRONIC FILING PER ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 2017-3                                                                                                             

Effective September 18, 2017, all attorneys submitting documents to be filed within new or existing cases that were either originally electronically filed, or were subsequently converted to an electronic file by the District Court Clerk, must submit such pleadings in electronic format, utilizing the Kansas Courts Electronic Filing System.  In such instances, paper pleadings will not be accepted from licensed attorneys.  Authority for this order may be found at KANSAS SUPREME COURT RULE 122.      View Administrative Order No. 2017-3


District Court live training/overviews

Attorney Support: 1-844-892-3721

Email: kansassupport@tybera.com

eFlex System Support: efilingadministrator@kscourts.org

Domestic Cases

All original actions for divorce or separate maintenance shall be filed in the Cowley County District Court Clerk’s Office in Winfield.  Unless otherwise noted, these cases are assigned to the Honorable Judge LaDonna Lanning, Division 3.

Post or Pretrial Motions in existing Domestic Cases should also be filed in Winfield, even if the case was originally filed in the District Court in Arkansas City.  These cases are also assigned to the Honorable LaDonna Lanning, Division 3.

Notice hearing dates for Domestic Cases can be obtained by contacting the Domestic Clerk in the Court Clerk’s Office in Winfield, 620-221-5470.

 Limited Actions Docket

Answer hearings are at 10:00 A.M.

Hearings in Aid of Execution and Contempts are at 1:30 P.M.

Please schedule court date at least 5 weeks from date of issuing summons/orders in order to allow ample time for service.

The Limited Actions Docket will be posted by 3:00 PM on Friday preceding the Monday Limited Actions date.

 Limited Actions Hearing Dates


Dec 11, 2017            ———-   10:00 A.M.

Jan 22, 2018           ———-   10:00 A.M.

Mar 05, 2018           ———-   10:00 A.M.

Apr 09, 2018          ———-   10:00  A.M

View the Limited Actions Docket

District Court Judges

Chief Judge

Hon Nicholas St. Peter

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

District Court Judge

Hon Christopher E. Smith

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

Cheryl Wilson

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