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20-348. County commissioners responsible for certain expenses of district court operations. Except for expenses required by law to be paid by the state, the board of county commissioners of each county have an obligation to adequately fund the operation of the district court in the county and shall be responsible for all expenses incurred for the operation of the district court in the county.

History: L. 1976, ch. 146, § 41; L. 2002, ch. 56, § 1; July 1.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

"2002 Legislative Wrap-Up," Paul T. Davis, 71 J.K.B.A. No. 7, 15 (2002).

Attorney General's Opinions:

Neosho county district court; division of expenses between county and city of Chanute. 79-114.

District courts; expenses. 79-226.

Retirement for travel by district court employees. 80-32.

Aggregate tax limitations; applicability to taxes levied by counties to support district courts. 81-134.

District courts; district court expenses payable by counties. 83-76.

Parole and court service officers; county's responsibility for certain expenses; travel expenses. 90-88.

Omnibus appropriation act; sentencing guidelines act; unconstitutional delegation of authority. 93-114.

County is responsible for certain district court operations expenses; association membership dues. 93-122.

Transfer of budget items from sheriff's office to district court; court expenses payable by counties. 93-136.

Expenditures for operation of district court; not subject to county purchasing policy. 96-4.

Claims arising out of court service officer's use of personal motor vehicle while acting within scope of employment; state liability under tort claims act; reimbursement for additional insurance premiums. 1999-17.

Court may appoint a special prosecutor when district attorney's office is ethically disqualified from prosecuting a matter; county is responsible for attorney fees. 2003-4.

Under the sexually violent predator act, the court is authorized in a habeus corpus proceeding to tax the county for indigent persons' attorney fees. 2011-3.

While costs for court-appointed interpreters are borne by a county for operation of its district court, costs for interpreters authorized by a district court as a necessary defense expense is the responsibility of the state board of indigents' defense services. 2011-9.


1. Cited; legal obligation of county to provide counsel for indigent defendants charged with misdemeanors, hourly rate allowed examined. Board of Osage County Comm'rs v. Burns, 242 Kan. 544, 549, 747 P.2d 1338 (1988).

2. Fees of appointed counsel and expert witnesses in sexually violent predator act litigation are responsibility of county. In re Care & Treatment of Raborn, 259 Kan. 813, 819, 821, 916 P.2d 15 (1996).

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