Clerk of the District Court
Deputy Clerk of the District Court
Jay E. Tate
Magistrate Judge, 17th District
The Decatur County District Court is one of six counties within the 17th Judicial District of the Kansas Judicial Branch. The counties include Norton, Graham, Decatur, Osborne, Phillips and Smith.
District courts are created by the Constitution. The are the trial courts of Kansas, with general original jurisdiction over all civil and criminal cases, including divorce and domestic relations, damage suits, probate and administration of estates, guardianships, conservatorships, care of the mentally ill, juvenile matters, and small claims. It is here that the criminal and civil jury trials are held. Kansas is divided into judicial districts, with varying numbers of judges in each district. There is a district court in each county, and an office of the clerk of the court where cases may be filed.