At their October 17, 2019 meeting the judges determined that the District of Kansas should go back to its “district-wide draw” for the assignment of district judges to civil cases. In other words, regardless of where the case is filed, a district judge in any location may be randomly assigned to try the case. As in the past (2010-2014), the case will be tried in the courthouse where the case is filed unless there has been a successful motion to change the location of trial or upon mutual agreement of all the parties. The “district-wide draw” is the current practice for magistrate judges. The “district-wide draw” allows for a more even distribution of work load among the court’s judges. Please call the clerk’s office with any questions regarding this change.