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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.



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

  • 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

  • Judge Sarah Warner, Kansas Court of Appeals

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

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

  • District Magistrate Judge Shannon Schmidt, 17th Judicial District

  • Judge Amy Fellows Cline, Kansas Court of Appeals

  • District Judge Carl Folsom III, who serves in the 7th Judicial District



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