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Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is the highest court in the state court system. Its decisions set binding legal precedent that lower courts must follow.

Kansas Supreme Court

Kansas Supreme Court

Seven justices sit on the Kansas Supreme Court. Each was selected through a merit-based nomination process Kansas voters added to our state Constitution in 1958. The process involves the nine-member Supreme Court Nominating Commission, which reviews nominees, and the governor, who makes the appointments.

After a justice's first full year in office, he or she must stand for a retention vote in the next general election to remain on the court. If a majority of votes are cast to retain the justice, he or she remains in office for a term of six years. Justices are subject to a similar retention vote every six years.

 

Supreme Court portrait

Seated from left: Justice Eric Rosen; Chief Justice Marla Luckert; Justice Dan Biles. Standing from left: Justice Caleb Stegall; Justice Evelyn Wilson; Justice KJ Wall.

One seat on the Supreme Court is vacant. The Supreme Court Nominating Commission will review candidates and submit names of three to the governor. The governor will choose one to appoint to fill the vancy created by Justice Carol Beier's September 18 retirement
 

Role of chief justice  

The Kansas Constitution provides for the justice with the most years of service on the court to be chief justice, unless he or she declines or resigns the position. The chief justice has general administrative supervision over the affairs of the court and of the unified judicial branch of government. 
 

Historical listing of Supreme Court justices

Find a listing of previous Supreme Court justices.

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