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Clerk of the Appellate Courts
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

Court of Appeals Internal Operating Procedures


The Court of Appeals consists of 14 judges, each with a staff of one judicial executive assistant and two research attorneys. The purposes of the court from its inception include bringing the appellate court to the people, serving litigants and counsel with timely and well-written appellate opinions, and achieving efficiencies in appellate court operations for the taxpayers.

To accomplish these goals, the court sits in three-judge panels in Topeka, as well as at county courthouses and other suitable locations throughout the state. Senior judges are regularly assigned to assist on many panels, and district court judges may be assigned as well.

Jurisdiction of the court is specified by K.S.A. 60-2101 and 60-2102. Panels are required to handle many appeals on an expedited basis, including utility rate cases, juvenile adjudications, termination of parental rights cases, election disputes, interlocutory appeals, extradition appeals, temporary injunctions, and others.

The Chief Judge of the court is selected by the Supreme Court under K.S.A. 20-3011 and exercises administrative powers as may be prescribed by law or by rule of the Supreme Court.

Administrative officers of the court are the chief counsel to the Chief Judge, the assistant counsel to the Chief Judge, and the motions attorney. The chief counsel to the Chief Judge has the primary responsibility of monitoring all cases pending before the court and assigning ready cases to the court dockets. The assistant counsel to the Chief Judge has the primary responsibility of assigning a research attorney to prepare a prehearing memorandum for each case on a court docket. The motions attorney has the primary responsibility of monitoring all motions filed with the court in each case until the case is ready to be assigned to a court docket and ensuring that those motions are ruled upon in a timely manner.

(Adopted by the Court March 24, 2013)

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