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We do not prohibit children from attending court. Contact your Victim/Witness Advocate to discuss options prior to the court date.
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Call 911. All crimes must be reported to law enforcement for investigation so that it can be determined if charges should be filed.
A subpoena is a document you receive from the court ordering you to come to court.
Yes, a subpoena is a court order to appear. If you are scheduled to be at work, please coordinate with your employer. They are required to allow you time off to appear for a subpoena. If you have a medical issue, please contact our office.
Ignoring a subpoena does not resolve a case, but can prolong it.
There is a parking lot to the southwest of the City Hall building (the corner of 3rd and Main). You will pull through the kiosk and take a ticket stub. If you bring the stub in with you, the court will validate your parking so that you do not have to pay to park. Please avoid parking at the parking meters, if at all possible. The parking meters are for 45 minutes only. "Feeding the meter" will not be an option. Once you are in the building, you need to stay in the building until you are released by a Prosecutor or your Victim/Witness Advocate.
A victim is a person who has suffered physical harm, property damage, or economic loss as a result of a crime. You may be a witness if you have seen, heard, or know something about a crime that has been committed.
You may not think that what you know about the case is very significant. Small pieces of information are often required to determine if the defendant is guilty of the crime charged.
While it is at the prosecutor's discretion to determine if charges will be filed, your presence and willingness to testify may be a factor in determining how the court handles the case. Witness testimony is very important.
As a victim, you will be notified of all hearings. You may not be required to attend every hearing that you are notified of. Please keep in contact with your Victim/Witness Advocate to determine which hearings you will need to attend OR refer to the Victim's Rights Brochure included with each victim letter.
The amount of time it takes to resolve the case on the hearing date varies.
It is recommended that you prepare for court to take up to four hours.
Unfortunately, there is no uniform answer to this question. It is recommended that you stay in contact with your Victim/Witness Advocate.
Our office will send you letters notifying you of all upcoming court dates. You will typically receive these letters within the two weeks before the hearing. If your address changes, please notify your Victim/Witness Advocate as soon as possible to continue these notifications. Simply putting in an address change with the post office will not always reach our office.
Even though you are listed as the victim/witness of a crime, the City Prosecutor is filing the charges, so you are not able to dismiss the charges.
If you feel the defendant or a representative of the defendant is pressuring you to dismiss charges, this is a crime. Call 911 immediately or discuss these issues with the Witness/Victim Advocate.
The best way to have a voice in what happens with a case is to actively participate by coming to court and staying in contact with your Victim/Witness advocate.
If you are a victim wanting a no contact order dropped, please contact the Domestic Violence Advocate to schedule a time to see a judge. If you are wanting to add a no contact order, we may only do so on the next scheduled court date. If you need one sooner, we advise that you consider requesting a PFA or PFS from the District Court.
Feeling anxious, nervous, or scared of coming to court is natural. The advocates are there to assist you through the court system. Please communicate any of your concerns with them and they will try to accommodate you as best they can.
If you are seeking restitution for damage to property or medical bills related to the crime that is charged, please provide our office with documentation of the amount requested. This may include medical bills or estimates completed by a handyman or auto shop. You may have received a Statement of Loss form with your letter that needs to be completed if you are requesting restitution. We must have this documentation prior to sentencing or disposition of the case. You may be required to attend court if the judge has any questions about the requested restitution.
Please return the Statement of Loss to your Victim/Witness Advocate as soon as possible!
If restitution is not ordered, you may have to seek restitution through the civil division of the Sedgwick County District Court. 18th Judicial District Court Small Claims