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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

Internal Operating Guidelines for the Judicial Branch Education Fund


The Fund will be used for the ongoing education and training of all state and municipal judges and nonjudicial personnel in this state. Those programs and expenditures which the Supreme Court deems necessary and appropriate to maintain or improve delivery of the highest level of judicial services for the people of Kansas, insofar as sufficient appropriations are made available by the Legislature, are adopted and approved under these guidelines.
A. Current Approved Programs
The principal programs offered under the Fund are the annual educational and training conferences for the several components of the judicial system. These seminars provide a forum for exchanging ideas as well as opportunities to learn new legal concepts and/or administrative practices. The current listing of conferences is as follows:
Annual Judicial Conference (statutorily mandated)
Spring Judicial Conference
District Court Clerks and Administrators Annual Conference
Court Services Officers Annual Conference
Court Reporters Annual Conference
District Court Trustees Annual Conference
Municipal Judges Annual Conference
Municipal Court Staff Annual Conference
Biennially, an orientation seminar is held for recently appointed and elected judges covering topics such as case management and delay reduction, jury management, criminal sentencing, juvenile proceedings, evidence, judicial ethics and discretion, and other appropriate subjects. Additional programs are offered to orient new clerks of the courts, court services officers, court administrators, and court reporters.
A single-day workshop is held each year to discuss issues on topics such as technology, current and proposed legislation, personnel management and general trial court administration with the administrative judges of the state's judicial districts.
Regional training workshops are provided, as needed, to deliver timely information and updating on changing responsibilities for district magistrate judges, district court clerks and administrators, court services officers, and municipal court staff.
All district magistrate judges and municipal court judges who are not licensed to practice law in this state are required by law to pass an examination administered by the Supreme Court testing their knowledge of the law and suitability to administer justice in the courts of this state. Training, practice manuals and support are provided.
A single-day workshop on new legislation is held each June for district magistrate judges.
One of the principal out-of-state educational programs is for new judge training at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. As soon after assuming a judicial office as possible, new judges are given the opportunity to attend a three-week session at the College. The Supreme Court has determined that each new judge should attend this comprehensive national judicial training program in order to provide the Kansas Judiciary with the best opportunity to understand and incorporate the latest information available for delivery of high quality, modern judicial services. The College is deemed an essential step in the transition of lawyer judges from their roles as advocates to impartial arbiters. Kansas benefits from the broad national character of the judicial forum offered by the College.
Further, in order to develop expertise and a faculty for in-state training programs, as well as to promote improved individual skills in specialized areas of substantive law and court management and administration, both judicial officers and nonjudicial employees are reimbursed for attendance at educational seminars and professional conferences and meetings approved by the Chief Justice.
The staff of the Office of Judicial Administration provide on-site training and technical assistance for district court trustees, court clerks and administrators, and for court services officers regarding computer systems and data base management, accounting, statistical research, local conference planning, monitoring of various mandated reporting requirements, and other problem areas.
Further, opportunities to attend additional in-state conferences, educational programs and professional meetings are provided upon the approval of the Chief Justice.
Support is provided to municipal court personnel for tasks such as statistical research and analysis, compliance with Supreme Court testing and education standards, local conference planning, data management, monitoring of reporting requirements, and other technical or administrative problem areas.
The Fund pays the expenses associated with meetings of the following special committees and organizations which directly affect the educational and training needs of the Kansas Judiciary and staff:
Chief Clerks
Court Administrators
Chief Court Services Officers
District Court Trustees
Clerks Advisory Committee
Court Services Officers Advisory Committee
Legislative Chairpersons Annual Meeting
Permanency Planning Task Force
Kansas District Judges Assoc. Executive Comm.
District Magistrate Judges Education Comm.
Municipal Judges Testing/Education Comm.
Municipal Court Staff Education Comm.
A committee of experienced court administrators, court clerks, and court services officers, chaired by a member of the professional staff of the Office of Judicial Administration, review individual district court operations for the purpose of enhancing, through dissemination of its findings and analyses, the management and operations of the court.
Opinion writing seminars, appellate decision-making conferences, judicial administration workshops and other similar technical assistance and educational programs are made available to all Kansas appellate judges.
Appellate research attorneys are provided education and training in order to facilitate their work assisting appellate judges in resolving matters brought before the courts.
Staff members of the appellate clerk's office attend seminars and training conferences to increase their knowledge and familiarity with legal terminology, lower court procedures, appellate docketing problems, case tracking, records on appeal, matters which are remanded for further proceedings in the lower courts, and other areas encompassing the duties of such employees.
Staff members of the appellate reporter's office attend seminars and training conferences to aid in their work assisting the appellate courts in producing written decisions and opinions.
The State Law Librarian and the professional staff are provided continuing education and training for delivery of the most effective and efficient library services available.
Fund moneys are used for the purchase of some specialized publications, development and production of training materials, printing and updating training and operations manuals, and meeting the costs of postage associated with all training and educational programs.
B. Additional Programs and Expenditures
Additional programs and expenditures may be suggested and recommended to the Supreme Court at any time by the staff of the Office of Judicial Administration or any other entity or persons. Those programs and expenditures deemed within the purposes of the Fund and approved by the Supreme Court shall be added to the list of current approved Fund programs.

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