Supreme Court adopts rule to allow Kansas courts to collect contact information

By KNSS Radio

The Kansas Supreme Court has adopted Rule 124 to allow courts to collect contact information from witnesses and potential jurors who volunteer it to help with case processing, scheduling, or participation in a hearing or trial. 

Contact information will include current mailing address, phone number, and email address. The contact information is not a public record under the Kansas Open Records Act, and it will not be disclosed to anyone outside the courts. 

Courts will use the contact information as a service to potential jurors and witnesses. It may be used to remind witnesses to appear or to alert jurors of last-minute instructions for reporting. The rule will also help prevent unnecessary trips to the courthouse in the event a hearing is canceled or rescheduled. 

Supreme Court Rule 124 includes provisions for retaining and ultimately disposing of contact information courts collect.