Last updated: October 11, 2013
Spanning almost 8,000 square miles across state lines, the Kansas City Metropolitan area is home to the country’s best barbeque, a vibrant jazz scene and a world class sports teams on both sides of the border. Due to the size of the city and its two-state nature, navigating Kansas City courts can be confusing. This guide contains helpful information about Kansas City courthouses in both Missouri and Kansas.
On the Missouri side are courthouses for the 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County. The Kansas City Courthouse on East 12th Street hears most civil cases, but certain types of cases, including family and juvenile matters and criminal cases, are heard at other locations. On the Kansas side, the Wyandotte County Courthouses contains all court divisions for the 29th Judicial District of Kansas and hears all types of cases arising out of Kansas City, Kansas.
Note: The Municipal Court hears cases involving violations of city ordinances, including traffic citations and violations.
Note: The Kansas City Courthouse hears civil cases 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County, including probate. Family Court matters are heard at the Family Justice Center.
Note: The criminal justice center hears criminal cases for the 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County. The Kansas City Municipal Court handles minor traffic violations.
Note: The Family Justice Center hears Family Court cases, including divorce, custody, child support and alimony, adoption and juvenile justice matters.
Note: The Court of Appeals for the Western District hears appellate cases from 45 counties. Court decisions appealed from a district court division in Jackson County are heard here.
Note: The Wyandotte County Courthouse handles all court business in Wyandotte County. It houses all court divisions of the 29th Judicial District of Kansas. Here are the numbers for specific types of courts:
Municipal: (913) 573-5200
Civil: (913) 573-2901
Limited/Small Claims: (913) 573-2811
Probate: (913) 573-2834
Criminal: (913) 573-2905
Juvenile: (913) 573-4191
District Court: (816) 512-5000
Bankruptcy: (816) 512-1800
Note: This U.S. Courthouse, serving the Western District of Missouri, hears both federal district court cases and bankruptcy cases.
District Court: (913) 735-2200
Bankruptcy Office: (913) 735-2150
Note: This U.S. Courthouse, serving the District of Kansas, hears both federal district court cases and bankruptcy cases.
Note: The Kansas City Immigration Court handles all detained and non-detained immigration cases from Kansas and Missouri.