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Judges Assistance Committee


The Judges Assistance Committee provides help to any Kansas judge in need due to mental or physical disability, or addiction.

The Judges Assistance Committee seeks to:

  • Identify judges who are impaired;

  • Arrange intervention;

  • Recommend avenues of treatment;

  • Provide a program of peer support;

  • Advocate for judges who are ill and help them recognize their impairment, obtain treatment, and return to their job; and

  • Educate the public and attorneys about the nature of impairments and encourage early referrals and self-referrals.



Contact with judges is confidential, unless the matter is referred to the Commission on Judicial Conduct because the judge has failed or refused to address issues of concern.



  • District Judge Ben Burgess, Sedgwick County 

  • District Magistrate Judge Marty Clark, Russell County

  • District Magistrate Judge Richard Flax, Trego County

  • District Judge Michael Hoelscher, Sedgwick County

  • District Judge Sally Pokorny, Douglas County

  • District Magistrate Judge Dale Snyder, Rush County

  • District Judge Mark Ward, Bourbon County



A judge or member of the public can contact the committee or any committee member directly.

Judges Assistance Committee
Kansas Judicial Center
301 SW 10th Ave., Room 107
Topeka, KS 66612-1507

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