10100 W Grady Ave.
P.O. Box 245
Maize, KS 67101
All notices to appear will be sent to the last known address. If you
have an open case, keeping your address current with the court is essential!
If a notice to appear cannot be delivered by the Post Office because you
have not kept your address current, a warrant may be issued.
You may change your address in person or by
contacting the court.
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If you received a speeding citation and are interested
in keeping it off your driving record you may be eligible for our Speeding
Amendment program. You must appear in person on your court date to
visit with the City Prosecutor to see if an amendment is possible in your
If an amendment is granted, the fine portion of the
ticket doubles the court costs remain the same. The money is due
during but time to pay arrangements can be made.
Speeding over 21 MPH is not eligible.
Maize Municipal Court handles the full range of cases which are within
municipal court jurisdiction, including:
If you have questions about the status of your case please
contact the court.
If you suspect that your case is on warrant, you may wish to ask the
court clerk how to resolve the warrant as painlessly as possible. For more
information, see our information on
Court Procedures: What happens in Court?
If you are thinking about representing yourself on a Maize Municipal
Court Case, you may benefit from becoming familiar with the court system.
Many resources are available online, in public libraries and/or bookstores.
Dress Code and Rules of the Courtroom
In all Municipal Court cases you have the right to an attorney. If you do
not have the means to hire one, the Court may appoint an attorney to
represent you. Court Appointed Attorneys are granted only in cases where
jail time is possible. If you would like to request a Court Appointed
Attorney, please ask the Judge on your court date.
At your arraignment you will come before the judge and be informed of the
charges against you. You will also be informed of the possible punishment
associated with the charges against you.
(The following information should not be in any way construed as legal
advice, but should be regarded as simple guidance. Any specific questions
should be directed to the legal representative of your choosing.)
You must decide upon, and enter a plea to the charge against you. The
three possible pleas are; no contest, guilty, not guilty.
We suggest that you read the following explanations before entering your
You have the right to hear the City's evidence and to require the City to
prove its case. The law does not require you to prove anything.
Your plea of guilty could be used later in a civil suit for damages as an
admission by you that you were at fault.
A plea of not guilty means that you are informing the court that you deny
guilt and that the city must prove its charges against you. If you plead not
guilty, you will need to decide whether to employ on attorney to represent
you at trial. You may defend yourself. If you are a minor (under 18 years of
age) one of your parents should be present.
If you decide to defend yourself, please read the following regarding
trial procedure and the manner of presenting your case. Under our American
system of justice, all persons are presumed to be innocent until proven
guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. On a plea of not guilty, a trial is held
and the city is required to prove all allegations against you as contained
in the formal complaint beyond a reasonable doubt before a verdict of guilty
can be reached.
Maize Municipal Court trials are all bench trials, meaning the trial is
before the Judge only, no jury trials. You are entitled to hear any and all
evidence introduced against you. You have the right to testify on your own
behalf, as well as a constitutional right not to testify. If you choose to
testify, the prosecutor will have the right to cross -examine you.
You may call witnesses to testify on your behalf. You also have the right
to have the court issue subpoenas for witnesses to make certain their
appearance at trial. You must furnish the court the names, addresses and
telephone numbers of witnesses to the court as soon as possible and at least
15 business days before your trial date.
The city will present its case first by calling witnesses to testify
against you. After each prosecutor's witness has finished, you will have the
right to cross-examine him. Your examinations must be in the form of
questions and you must not argue with the witness.
After the prosecution is done presenting their case, you may present your
case. You have the right to call any witnesses who know anything about the
incident, and to introduce exhibits such as photographs and diagrams.
The verdict of the judge will be based on the facts presented during
trial. In making his determination he/she can only consider what testimony
and evidence was provided during the trial, under oath. If you are found
guilty by the judge, he/she will proceed towards sentencing.
The sentence assessed by the court is affected by the facts and
circumstances of the case. Mitigating circumstances may lower the fine.
However, aggravating circumstances may increase the fine. If you have
circumstances for the judge to consider, you may present them after
conviction and before sentencing. A jail sentence may also be a part of
sentencing. If jail is a possibility, you will be informed during you
initial court appearance.
If you are not satisfied with the judgment of the court, you have the
right to appeal your case to the Sedgwick County District Court. The case
will be tried again before a District Court Judge and, upon request, before
Immediately upon conviction, you should advise the Municipal Court Judge
of your intent to appeal. An appeal bond will be noted on your paperwork.
You must file the appeal within ten (10) days of the Municipal Court
conviction. Saturdays and Sundays are included unless the 10th day falls on
Saturday, Sunday, or a Holiday. Take the copy you were given in Municipal
Court to the Court Clerk's Office, Room 714, Sedgwick County Courthouse, 525
N. Main. There is a filing fee of $62.50 which must be paid to the District
Court and a $10.00 appeal fee will be added to your Municipal Court case. If
the case is dismissed in District Court, you will not be required to pay the
Municipal Court fine and costs, or the $10.00 appeal fee.
If you intend to appeal, do not pay the fines and costs assessed. You
will be give 10 days to appeal. If you decide not to appeal your case, you
must pay the fine and costs within the 10 days or make payment arrangements.
If you are unable to pay your fines/costs at time of sentencing, you may
be granted time to pay by the judge. You will be given a new court date. You
must pay your fines/costs in full by that court date or appear in court to
explain to the judge why it has not been paid in full. If you do not have
your fines/costs paid in full and do not appear at your court date a warrant
may be issued and/or your driver's license may be suspended with no future
We gladly accept cash, money orders and checks. Credit and or debit cards
(Visa & Mastercard) are available online for non-appearance required charges
such as speeding. A small handling fee is associated with online payments.
Persons with worthless check cases must pay with cash or money orders.
Cases regarding driver's license suspensions issued by The City of Maize
must be paid in full before the license reinstatement is submitted.
Continuances can be granted one time on initial appearances for up to 1
All other continuances may only be granted in the event of a true
documented emergency and must be reviewed by the judge. Valid emergencies
include death of an immediate family member or personal hospitalization.
Contact the court to obtain a
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We cannot make online promises not to arrest a person with an outstanding
If you suspect that you have a warrant for your arrest, there are options
available to resolve the problem. Warrants for minor traffic infractions and
time to pay issues can often be cancelled upon payment in full. Other cases
require an appearance before the judge. Warrants on these cases can be
resolved by a voluntary appearance when court is in session. By appearing
voluntarily, people are able to avoid being arrested at an inconvenient and
embarrassing time. Commonly, appearing voluntarily allows people to avoid
spending nights in jail, avoid the need to post bond, and allows for
same-day resolution and release from the jail. If you appear voluntarily to
resolve your warrant you must give prior notice and
contact the court.
Each case has its own unique circumstances and warrants are handled
according to the judge's discretion. No generic assurances can be given and
we cannot make general promises not to arrest anyone with an outstanding
To find out if you have an outstanding warrant, or to ask about resolving
your individual warrant, please contact the
What is a Diversion? Diversions are a second-chance opportunity offered
by the Prosecutor, which prevent convictions from going onto the criminal
record. Diversions are an agreement with the prosecutor and, if the
defendant complies with the terms of the agreement, the charges are
How does Diversion work? Diversions last for 12 months and involve various
requirements. Standard requirements include:
In addition, each diversion agreement contains requirements specific to
the charges involved. Common examples include:
Diversion Eligibility: Diversions are generally not available on a second
offence of the same or similar crime. Granting a diversion is at the sole
discretion of the prosecutor, and various considerations apply.
How to Apply: The prosecutor must be notified at the scheduled court
date/time. Your case will be rescheduled to provide time to meet with the
Diversion Coordinator for pre-diversion interview.
Diversion Application must be turned in directly to the Diversion
Coordinator. To save time on
your court day, download and complete the Diversion Application in advance.
Questions concerning the Municipal Court should be directed to the court
clerk, 316-722-8736. Fax:
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