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Kansas Judicial Center
301 SW 10th Avenue, Room 374
Topeka Kansas 66612-1507
Telephone:  785.296.3229
Fax:  785.296.1028
Email: appellateclerk@kscourts.org

Rules Adopted by the Supreme Court

Rules Relating to Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Appellate Practice

Supreme Court Internal Operating Procedures

General Rules

The Chief Justice is the presiding officer of the Supreme Court of Kansas. If the Chief Justice is absent or unable to act, the justice who is next senior in continuous term of service on the court shall preside. (Kan. Const. Art. 3, 2.)
The Chief Justice shall be the spokesperson for the Supreme Court and shall exercise the court's general administrative authority over all courts of the state. The Chief Justice may delegate such of this responsibility and authority to the other justices and court personnel as may be necessary or advisable. (K.S.A. 20-101; 20-318; 20-319; 20-321.)
Traditionally the justices have been aligned by seniority in service on the court. Such seniority shall be observed in all court-related functions when practicable. On matters coming before the court for decision, the presiding officer may require declarations as to position from the justices in reverse order of seniority or in any other order.
The presiding officer may appoint one justice to record the disposition in conference of the various motions, petitions for review, original actions, etc. before the Supreme Court for determination. The presiding officer may also appoint one justice to keep minutes of each administrative conference.
Each justice shall select and appoint one research attorney and one executive-secretarial assistant, who shall be directly responsible to the appointing justice. The Chief Justice shall also select and appoint an attorney to serve as special administrative assistant, who shall be directly responsible to the Chief Justice. A judicial administrator shall be appointed by the Supreme Court to serve at the will of the Supreme Court. The judicial administrator shall be responsible to the Supreme Court, shall implement the policies of the court under the supervision of the Chief Justice and shall perform such other duties as are provided by law or by the Supreme Court or the Chief Justice. Other Supreme Court staff and personnel are employed by and are responsible to the entire court. Kan. Const., Art. 3, 4, K.S.A. 20-201.

See also: Rule 1001 - Electronic and Photographic Media Coverage of Judicial Proceedings