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Municipal Court enforces violations of City ordinances for traffic,misdemeanor, and other types of cases, such as fire, code, and parking violations.
Community service may be used to pay off your fines and a portion of your court costs. You will receive credit of $10 per hour worked, with the exception of DUI fines, which will be worked off at the rate of $5 per hour (State of Kansas statutes). You cannot work off any court ordered restitution. You must perform your community service at a Court approved agency in Manhattan. Credit will not be given for community service work performed at an agency that is not Court approved. To perform community service, contact one of the Court approved agencies and schedule your work with them. The supervisor must sign this Community Service Log Sheet for you to receive credit for your work. Community service work cannot be preformed to pay off fines and costs owed through a diversion agreement without prior approval from the City Prosecutor. If your case gets turned over to our collection agency, you no longer have the option to work off fines through community service.
An arraignment is the first time you appear in Court to answer to the charge(s) against you. In most cases, the arraignment date and time is specified on the citation or Notice to Appear. At arraignment, you will inform the Court if you plan to have an attorney, or request a court appointed attorney. At your arraignment, the Court will handle a docket of many cases. You should plan to spend at least two hours at the Court. See more information regarding court procedures.
A plea is an answer to the charges against you. You must enter a plea of guilty, no contest or not guilty.
Your “plea” may follow a “plea negotiation” with the City Prosecutor, either on your own or through your attorney. The City Prosecutor is not required to conduct plea negotiations with you.
If you are not represented by an attorney, you may have an opportunity to speak with the City Prosecutor when you appear in court for your arraignment. You may also set an appointment with a City Prosecutor after your initial appearance by calling 785-587-2451. The prosecutor has no obligation to discuss your case with you, although the City Prosecutors will do so in most cases. If you are represented by an attorney, the prosecutor must discuss your case with your attorney.
If you call before your scheduled arraignment date, a Court Clerk may grant a one-time continuance of your arraignment date. The continuance will be for an arraignment docket no more than three weeks of your current arraignment date.
If you had insurance coverage on the vehicle at the time the ticket was issued, you may bring proof of such coverage to the Court Clerk on or before your arraignment date. If you did not have insurance on the vehicle at the time the ticket was issued, you must appear in court on your arraignment date. If there was not an accident involved, and this is your first offense for no proof of liability insurance, you may apply for a diversion.
Article 14, Sec. 126.3.
If the Municipal Court is on a delayed schedule or closed for inclement weather, Court staff will reschedule any impacted appearances and/or docket for the next available time and notify each individual.
If an individual who is scheduled to appear in Court cannot appear due to inclement weather, the individual shall contact the Court prior to the scheduled appearance. Inclement weather or school closings do not automatically “excuse” an individual’s failure to appear.