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Access to Justice Committee



Purpose

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

  • increasing resources available for legal services for self-represented 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

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

  • Chief Judge Kevin Berens of the 15th Judicial District, composed of Cheyenne, Logan, Rawlins, Sheridan, Sherman, Thomas, and Wallace counties
     

  • Christy Campbell, Kansas Legal Services, Wichita
     

  • Senior Judge James Fleetwood, Wichita
     

  • District Judge Neil Foth, who serves in the 10th Judicial District, which is Johnson County
     

  • Marcia Hannon, Kansas Supreme Court Law Library, Topeka
     

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

  • Meredith Snepp, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka
     

  • District Magistrate Judge Ronald Sylvester, who serves in Kingman County of the 30th Judicial District
     

  • Judge Sarah Warner, Kansas Court of Appeals
     

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

  • Erika Brim, Trial Court Clerk II, Self Help Center, 29th Judicial District
     

  • Amy Entrikin, Nemaha County Clerk of the Coutt, 22nd Judicial District
     

  • District Magistrate Judge Shannon Schmidt, 17th Judicial District



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