DOCKET WILL BE CHANGING TO IN PERSON BEGINNING MAY 23, 2023 AT 9:15. IT WILL BE CALLED EACH WEEK IN DIVISION 1. THERE WILL BE NO ZOOM APPEARANCES.
Ms. Quijas will continue to send docket emails with the list of cases attached by end of the day Wednesday the week prior. On docket mornings, I will call the first appearances and pro se defendants starting at 9:00 so that the courtroom will be less crowded. I will start calling cases with attorneys no later than 9:15. Ms. Quijas will continue to email the results for all cases to the DA’s office and sheriff’s department.
The procedure to continue a case will remain the same. Respond to Ms. Quijas’ email prior to the deadline with the date requested and, as long as there is no objection, you will not be required to appear. Remember that if your client is out of custody, you are affirming to the court that you have good contact with them and will notify the client of the new court date so they do not appear at docket.
SCHEDULING FOR PLEA OR PRELIM:
Attorneys and out of custody defendants will need to appear in person. Judge will call the case. Both defense and prosecutor assigned to that case will approach the bench. Defendants can stand up to be seen and do not need to approach with counsel. Counsel will let the Judge know if they are requesting a continuance or scheduling a hearing. Both defense counsel and the DA will get in line with Ms. Quijas and she will take care of scheduling. Please also have information regarding the status of discovery and plea negotiations on your cases updated.
I am hopeful that the docket will not only run more efficiently, but that counsel on both sides will use the time at the docket to (quietly) discuss discovery, diversion eligibility, plea negotiations and other issues in order to keep cases moving.
Judge Renee S. Henry
Wyandotte County District Court