Court cases up slightly in 2014

Jackson County District Court saw a modest increase in the number of caseloads from 2013 to 2014, according to annual court figures provided by District Court Clerk Colleen Reamer.

Jackson County’s court, part of Kansas’ Second Judicial District, saw a total of 2,652 cases filed in 2014, up 130 from the 2013 total of 2,522 filings and the 2012 total of 2,527. The increase was attributed to a rise in certain civil court case filings and traffic court cases, according to the provided figures.

The county’s court had the second-largest caseload for the year in the Second Judicial District, which includes Jackson, Jefferson, Pottawatomie and Wabaunsee counties. Pottawatomie County’s total caseload for the year was 3,042 filings, while Jefferson County noted 2,040 total filings and Wabaunsee County reported 1,032 filings.

The most notable increase was reported in domestic court, where the total number of filings rose by nearly 40 to 154 in 2014, it was reported. Of that total, 25 involved requests for protection from abuse and 12 involved requests for a protection from stalking order.

In 2013, the number of domestic cases totaled 116, including 31 protection from abuse filings and 12 protection from stalking filings. In 2012, the total was 164 cases, including 30 protection from abuse filings and 31 protection from stalking filings.

The number of traffic court cases also jumped significantly in 2014, when a total of 1,046 cases were handled, compared with 969 in 2013 and 884 in 2012. The 2014 total included 136 citations for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (DUI), 242 citations for driving while license cancelled/suspended/revoked (DWS) and 668 citations for other reasons, such as speeding, no proof of insurance or registration violations.

By comparison, the 2013 total included 876 regular citations, 71 DUI citations and 22 DWS citations. In 2012, those totals were 573, 87 and 224, respectively, it was reported.

In criminal court, the total number of caseloads dropped by three, from 491 in 2013 to 488 in 2014. The decrease involved a sizable decline the number of misdemeanor criminal cases — from a total of 317 in 2013 to 276 in 2014 — offset by a rise in the number of felony cases from 174 in 2013 to 212 in 2014. The 2012 total was 496, including 345 misdemeanors and 151 felonies.

In limited action civil court, which handles debt collections and rental property disputes, a total of 411 cases was handled in 2014, compared with 392 in 2013 and 473 in 2012. General civil court filings continued to file from year to year, with 89 cases filed in 2014, 95 filed in 2013 and 99 filed in 2012.

The total number of small claims court filings held steady from 2013 to 2014, with a total of 20 filings in both years, down from 24 in 2012. And in cases termed “miscellaneous civil,” four cases were filed in 2014, compared with five in 2013 and four in 2012.

Fish and game violations rose slightly in 2014, when 11 cases were handled, compared with seven cases handled in 2013. A total of 25 such cases was handled in 2012.

Other court totals for 2014 and comparisons with previous years included:

* Adoptions: six in 2014, eight in 2013 and 14 in 2012.

Marriage licenses: 76 in 2014, 79 in 2013 and 75 in 2012.

Personal property tax: 30 in 2014, 45 in 2013 and 49 in 2012.

Probate filings: 47 in 2014, 31 in 2013 and 36 in 2012.

Statutory bonds: one in 2014, none in 2013 and eight in 2012.

State tax warrants: 73 in 2014, 86 in 2013 and 46 in 2012.

Juvenile: 75 in 2014, 77 in 2013 and 46 in 2012.

Child in need of care: 62 in 2014, 40 in 2013 and 28 in 2012.

The 2014 totals also included 19 extradition cases, 19 “inquisition” cases, five CSO “transfer in” cases and 16 “care and treatment” cases.

The Holton Recorder

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Holton, KS 66436
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