In the Matter of the Paternity of S.M.J. (Kansas 2017)

No. 115,776 (Kan. Ct. App. 2017)
August 2017

In an indirect contempt proceeding, the individual must be physically present. If necessary, the Court can issue a bench warrant to compel attendance. The father in this case appealed a contempt finding that resulted from a hearing he did not attend, even though he had been properly served. The language of the indirect contempt statute provides the remedy for compelling attendance – a bench warrant. While the statutory language is permissive, the Appellate Court found this procedure is fair and complies with due process.