Kansas District Court Public Access Portal back online
TOPEKA, Kan. (KAKE) - After an October cyberattack caused massive disruptions to the Kansas court system, more features of the system are being restored.
The Kansas District Court Public Access Portal has returned to service, though with some caveats. Its information is temporarily out of date, as courts work to add information that was filed on paper after the October 12 attack to the case management system. Case events and documents processed after October 12 may not initially show up in a search.
Most public information from the case management system is available by searching the Kansas District Court Public Access Portal. The public portal also allows court users to pay fines, fees, and costs online. Payments processed any date after October 12 may not appear in the portal, as payments are being logged.
The portal that allows anyone anywhere to search Kansas district court cases over the internet is back online, but its information is temporarily out of date while courts work to input case information filed on paper.
In addition, access to the Kansas eCourt system has been restored for courts in 102 of Kansas’ 105 counties representing 29 of the state’s 31 judicial districts. Johnson County District Court, which currently operates on a standalone case management system, will join other district courts on the Kansas eCourt case management system sometime this year.
“In the short time we’ve offered free online case search for district courts as part of our Kansas eCourt modernization plan, it has become our most popular service,” Chief Justice Marla Luckert said. “Restoring the ability to search case information online is yet another major milestone in our restoration plan.”
There are still a few features in the system that are in the process of being restored. The Kansas Courts eFiling system used by attorneys to electronically file documents in district courts is expected to be available sometime after the first of the year. In addition, the efiling and case management systems used by the Kansas Supreme Court and the Kansas Court of Appeals will be brought back online after district court systems. The Office of Judicial Administration will share a timeline as work advances.
Updates on the cyberattack and efforts to restore court information systems are on the Court Systems Security Incident webpage.