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.
- The second link on the page is where you may view Administrative Order 194 and Rule 123: http://www.kscourts.org/pdf/newrule123.pdf
- This is the link directly to the cover sheet forms: http://www.kansasjudicialcouncil.org/Forms/coversheet_forms.shtml
Local Rules for Cowley County District Court, 19th Judicial District of Kansas
Attorney E-filing Information
E-filing may be utilized in all case categories beginning January 09, 2017.
Attorney Support: 1-844-892-3721
eFlex System Support: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 LaDonnaLanning, 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.
Hearing in Aid of Executions and Contempts are at 1:30 P.M.
District Court Judges
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
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