Purpose of the 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;
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.
Contact the committee
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
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