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The Ad Hoc Court Record Committee analyzes and examines the issues related to the readability of the court record. The committee will: 

  • study methods used in other states for capturing and ensuring the reliability of the court record;

  • study standards for recording capabilities and equipment;

  • explore workshare possibilities for official court reporters and transcriptionists;

  • examine job classifications and compensation for transcriptionists and official court reporters;

  • explore the option of certification programs for transcriptionists, electronic recorders, and electronic monitors;

  • evaluate case types that should or must have a court reporter and case types that should or may be recorded;

  • determine if any changes to statutes, supreme court rules, or supreme court orders are necessary;

  • consider the impact on service, finances, and staffing and identify likely costs, benefits, and sources of funding from adoption of any recommendations proposed;

  • develop recommendations for the Supreme Court regarding capturing the court record; and

  • deliver a report to the Supreme Court not later than July 29, 2022.


  • Chief Judge Kim Cudney, 12th Judicial District, chair

  • Chief Judge Bradley Ambrosier, 26th Judicial District

  • Chief Judge James McCabria, 7th Judicial District

  • District Court Judge Rachel Pickering, 3rd Judicial District

  • District Court Judge Courtney Boehm, 8th Judicial District

  • Dawn Rouse, court administrator, 13th Judicial District

  • Ann McNett, chief clerk, 30th Judicial District

  • Kathryn Corbin, trial court clerk IV, 10th Judicial District

  • Sharon Cahill, managing court reporter, 29th Judicial District

  • Lynelle Gottschalk, court reporter, 23rd Judicial District

  • Lindsey Hager, court reporter, 18th Judicial District

  • Shaun Higgins, court reporter, 11th Judicial District

  • Cheryl Hayes, transcriptionist, 8th Judicial District

  • District Attorney Michael Kagay, Shawnee County, Topeka

  • N. Russell Hazlewood, civil defense attorney, Wichita

  • Michele O’Malley, civil plaintiff attorney, Kansas City

  • Carrie Parker, criminal defense attorney, Lawrence

  • Sarah Reichart, director of Kansas Supreme Court appeals

  • Krisena Silva, clerk specialist, Office of Judicial Administration


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