The Trial

Under Kansas Law, you can be brought to trial only after a complaint or traffic citation(s) has been filed. The complaint or citation is a document which alleges what you have done and that your actions were unlawful.

  • You are entitled to hear all testimony introduced about you.
  • You do not have the right to have your case tried before a jury in Municipal Court.
  • You have a right to inspect this complaint before trial.
  • You have a right to testify on your own behalf. You also have a constitutional right not to testify. If you choose not to testify, your refusal cannot and will not be used against you in determining your guilt or innocence. However, if you choose to testify, the prosecutor will have the right to cross-examine you.
  • You may call witnesses to testify on your own behalf. You also have the right to have the court issue subpoenas for witnesses to ensure their appearance at trial. However, you must furnish the names, addresses and telephone numbers of the witnesses to the court at least 10 working days before your trial date, so the witness may be served. The court will only serve subpoenas with the City; any service outside the City will be your responsibility.