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The Legal Department is dedicated to providing outstanding and ethical legal services on behalf of the City of Manhattan. The Legal Department includes the City Attorney's Office and the Municipal Court.

City Attorney's Office
The City Attorney’s Office provides legal advice to the City Commission, City boards, and City Administration. As general counsel, the City Attorney’s Office drafts and reviews ordinances, contracts, legal opinions, and other documents. The Office assists City officials with the development of projects, policies and programs, and represents the City in litigation.

The City Attorney’s Office is staffed by the City Attorney, two Assistant City Attorneys, and a legal assistant. The Office represents the municipality and cannot provide personal legal advice to the public.



Municipal Court to close July 14-16
Read more about the closure here


Municipal Court
The Municipal Court has jurisdiction of certain offenses committed within the city limits of Manhattan, including traffic infractions; misdemeanor traffic and criminal offenses, including DUI; parking violations; and all violations of City ordinances related to zoning, building codes, and more.

The Municipal Court is staffed by two City Prosecutors, two court services officers, a parking control officer, and four support employees. Municipal Court Judge Patrick Caffey presides over the courtroom, and a Public Defender may be appointed to represent qualifying indigent defendants.

The Municipal Court handles approximately 10,000 cases each year, plus approximately 15,000 parking violations. Municipal Court cases are appealed to the district court, and the City Prosecutors represent the City on appeal.

For more information about the Municipal Court, click here.

Contact Us
City Attorney's Office
1101 Poyntz Ave.
Manhattan, KS 66502
Ph: (785) 587-2460
Fx: (785) 587-2499

Municipal Court
610 Colorado St.
Manhattan, KS 66502
Ph: (785) 587-2450
Fx: (785) 587-2459

Courthouse Hours
8 a.m. to noon
1 to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday

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