Municipal Court to close from Dec. 1 to Jan. 18 to reduce spread of COVID-19

Kansas City, Kansas, Municipal Court will close from Dec. 1 to Jan. 18 to reduce the spread of COVID-19, according to an announcement today.

The temporary closure will apply to all cases except for domestic violence and necessary trials, according to the announcement from the Unified Government. Hearings that are currently scheduled will be rescheduled for a date after Jan. 18.

“The decision to close the court to all cases except Domestic Violence and necessary trials was not made lightly,” said Municipal Court Administrator Dominic Geniuk. “This change allows for an immediate decrease of persons entering the building, making the spread of COVID-19 less likely for both the public and our staff remaining in City Hall.”

In spite of the temporary closure, court officials emphasized that many interactions with the court can be conducted online at wycokck.org/Municipal. Through this site, the public can:

• Download the myWyCo app, through which they can pay municipal court tickets, and set a court date and payment reminders.
• Request a video hearing
• Connect with Unified Government Digital Services
• Check court dates or balances
• Request certified records
• Submit something to the court
• Request a continuance
• View administrative operations or jail orders

A spokesman for the UG said that some court hearings may be conducted through video hearings, but for those who do not have access to video, the court will work through how they handle them and those without access will have alternatives.

Those who have questions about the Municipal Court’s temporary closing, may visit wycokck.org/Municipal, call 3-1-1, or email the Municipal Court at kckmunicourt@wycokck.org.

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