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If you want to contact a commissioner, you may do so by calling their home phone number. Otherwise, the County Administrator should be able to help with most issues.
You may not think that what you know about the case is very important; however, small pieces of information are often required to determine what really happened.
When subpoenaed, you must appear or risk being held in contempt of court and/or fined. Inform you employer that you have been called to testify and you will have to appear. Your employer should not discharge, punish or threaten you for attending a criminal proceeding when you have been subpoenaed. If you are experiencing difficulties with your employer regarding a court appearance, please contact the Victim/Witness Coordinator immediately.
If you change your address or telephone number, immediately notify the Victim/Witness Coordinator of the Finney County Attorney’s Office at (620) 272-3568. They may need to contact you if there is a change in the date or time you are to appear.
In a felony case, sentencing will occur following the preparation of a pre-sentence investigation report (PSI). A PSI report is prepared by a court services officer who obtains the victim’s statements and gathers information on the defendant’s criminal history. The victim’s statement is your opportunity to tell the judge the injuries you suffered and the crime’s effect on your life and finances. The victim’s statement must be considered by the court when the defendant is sentenced. As a victim, you have the right to be present at sentencing and address the court if the judge allows.
The judge also has the authority to place the defendant on probation. Probation may include supervision by Community Corrections or Court Services. This procedure permits the court to try to fit the particular punishment to the crime and to the defendant.
There are times where an item of evidence can be photographed and released to the owner, however, that is up to the law enforcement agency.
A victim may be reimbursed for damages or losses suffered as a result of a crime the defendant committed. Restitution is an order of the court which instructs the defendant to compensate the victim. If a defendant is sentenced to prison, the Department of Corrections may require payment of restitution as a condition of post release supervision. To assist the court in determining the amount of restitution, keep any receipts, bills, or estimates regarding the loss. Promptly complete and return the restitution statement to the County Attorney’s Office. If a defendant is ordered to pay restitution, the payments will be sent to the Clerk of the District Court. The Clerk of the District Court will then distribute the funds as they receive them. Nonpayment of restitution alone is not a reason to revoke a defendant’s probation if the defendant is found unable to pay. The defendant must make a good faith effort to pay. A victim can obtain a civil judgment against a defendant pursuant to K.S.A. 60-4301, by obtaining a certified copy of the Journal Entry of Sentencing and the Order to Pay Restitution and filing them with the Clerk of the District Court.
Section 324 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, also known as SARA Title III (Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986, PL99-499) requires notice be given to the public of the means to access information about extremely hazardous substances that are manufactured, stored, and used within their community. Follow-up emergency notices may subsequently be issued. Accordingly, information concerning LEPC meetings, SARA Title III hazardous materials planning which is included in our Finney County Emergency Operations Response Plan, material safety data sheets (MSDS), hazardous chemical forms, listing extremely hazardous substances manufactured, stored, or used within Finney County can be obtained during normal business hours by contacting Finney County Emergency Management at (620) 272.3746.
You can find the closest storm shelter by using our interactive web application.
For information on who is in jail and what they are charged with, etc., click on "Inmate Search" on the Jail Division's main page then when the inmate search page opens you can search for the person you are looking for. If the person you are looking for doesn't appear then the person probably isn't in our custody. This inmate search page is updated regularly throughout the day.
Cash bonds—Cash bonds are accepted for the full amount of the bond. Certified cashier’s checks, money orders and cash, for the exact amount, are acceptable for the full amount of the bond. Cashier’s checks and money orders must be payable to the Finney County Sheriff’s Office. The cash posted may be subject to court costs and fines at the discretion of the courts.
All personal mail is subject to inspection.
Release of prisoner money— Prisoners may release money one time while they are incarcerated. The person picking up the debit card must have a picture ID. Debit cards not picked up or used will after time go to a zero balance in accordance to the terms and conditions of Access Freedom. The Finney County Sheriff’s office is not responsible for the card and any issues need to be addressed through Access Freedom’s customer support at (877) 592-1118.
*Only two visitors are permitted at one time and must show photo ID at the time of visitation.
Many counties bill the families for their child's stay at the Southwest Regional Juvenile Detention Center (JDC). Currently, the cost is $180 per day plus any prescribed medications and/or medical expenses the youth is needing. This is not billed directly to you from the JDC. The JDC bills the county agency who placed the youth in the facility. Then, the county bills the family.
The facility is located at the corner of Anderson Road and Maple Street, just southwest of Garden City. Herbicide sales are Tuesdays from 1:00 to 5:00 in the afternoon starting on May 8, 2018.
Once a document has been filed in this office, the document itself cannot be changed. To transfer the real estate or mineral interest, a new deed will need to be prepared, signed, and notarized. To avoid future legal problems, we recommend using a title company or an attorney.
Nothing, providing it was filed in this office. Our office keeps copies of deeds and other documents filed in this office. For a small fee, anyone may request a copy of a document.
The Register of Deeds office is the county office where transactions involving real estate are recorded; i.e.: deeds, mortgages, mortgage releases, oil & gas leases, tax liens, etc. This office also files financing statements and mechanic liens on personal property. These records are open to the public. Military discharges are also filed here, but are not available to the public.
No, our office does not prepare any documents for filing in our office. We also do not have a notary in office.
Per state statute, a document must have a legal description, have original signatures, be notarized with an original seal, and have the correct filing fee, in order to be filed.
Any deed, in which real estate is being transferred, must be accompanied by a Kansas Sales Validation Questionnaire when filing. This is a form required by the state to assist the County Appraiser in assessing the property.
Sorry – these records are filed with the Division of Vital Statistics in Topeka, Kansas. We do have forms that you can fill out to obtain certified copies of these records – or you can visit their website below and download the forms. Their phone number is 785-296-1400.
No, real estate and minerals do not have a "title" like a vehicle or mobile home. Deeds and other documents can transfer a person's interest. We often refer to the "chain of title," which means the series of documents that show the transfers of ownership.
Yes, but only through subscription. Please, see our Online Searching Subscriptions.
Real estate is transferred either through filing a deed or through a court case, in which a judge orders the property be transferred
Yes, our office does electronic filing (e-files) through Simplifile, however; we are not set up to accept personal property liens through e-file. We also have a cut off time of 4:00 pm to ensure we have time for processing and end-of-day procedures.