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Access to Justice Committee



About the committee

The Access to Justice Committee makes recommendations to the Supreme Court about issues such as:

  • increasing resources available for legal services for low-income litigants in civil cases;

  • improving planning and coordination of legal services delivery; and

  • reducing potential barriers to equal access to justice.


Study

The ​Assessment of Self-Represented Litigant Services released in 2020 offers recommendations on simplifying processes, developing statewide self-help tools, increasing training, and improving data collection and analysis. 
 

Committee roster

  • Christie Koehn, chief court services officer of the 6th Judicial District, which includes Miami, Linn, and Bourbon counties

  • District Magistrate Judge Kenton Gleason, who serves in Hodgeman County of the 24th Judicial District

  • Kristi Hill, clerk of the district court of Wyandotte County, which makes up the 29th Judicial District

  • Judge Sarah Warner, Kansas Court of Appeals

  • Penny Wells, clerk of the Comanche County District Court in the 16th Judicial District

  • Christy Campbell, Kansas Legal Services, Wichita

  • Chief Judge Joe Dickinson of the 9th Judicial District, which is composed of Harvey and McPherson counties

  • Senior Judge James Fleetwood, Wichita

  • Jennifer Foster, district court administrator of the 9th Judicial District, which is composed of Harvey and McPherson counties

  • Marcia Hannon, Kansas Supreme Court Law Library, Topeka

  • District Magistrate Judge Starla Borg Nelson, who serves in Republic County of the 12th Judicial District

  • District Judge Carl William Ossmann, who serves in Shawnee County, which makes up the 3rd Judicial District

  • Patricia Scalia, Board of Indigents’ Defense Services, Topeka

  • District Judge Erica Schoenig, who serves in Johnson County, which makes up the 10th Judicial District

  • Amanda Truan, district court administrator of the 23rd Judicial District, which is composed of Ellis, Gove, Rooks, and Trego counties

  • Ruth Wheeler, district court administrator of the 5th Judicial District, which is composed of Chase and Lyon counties



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