04/03/2020
Supreme Court issues two new administrative orders in its COVID-19 pandemic response

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court today issued two new administrative orders to add direction to courts and clarity to court users about how courts function during the COVID-19 pandemic response. “The need to reduce in-person contact as much as possible is paramount to our sta...

03/30/2020
Supreme Court issues administrative order to allow file-stamped copies when docketing an appeal

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court today issued Administrative Order 2020-RL-027  to temporarily allow file-stamped copies of documents to be used when docketing an appeal instead of certified copies normally required under Supreme Court Rule 2.04 .   “The appellate court...

03/20/2020
Supreme Court issues order to clarify emergency operations by state courts

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court released Administrative Order 2020-PR-024 today to clarify the emergency operations imposed by earlier administrative orders. Previous orders had allowed courts to enter emergency protection from abuse and protection from stalking orders. To...

03/17/2020
Kansas Court of Appeals cancels oral arguments in March, April

TOPEKA—The Kansas Court of Appeals has canceled oral arguments in March and April. The cancellations are in response to Kansas Supreme Court Administrative Order 2020-PR-015 addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.  Parties may request oral arguments be rescheduled, otherwise t...

03/16/2020
Kansas Supreme Court restricts Judicial Center access, cancels March oral arguments

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court issued Administrative Order 2020-PR-015 restricting access to the Kansas Judicial Center; outlining a self-quarantine policy for employees and judges; and canceling travel, conferences, and training organized by or involving the judicial bran...

03/13/2020
Supreme Court cancels April events in Concordia

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court has canceled a hearing and associated events scheduled for April 7 and 8 in Concordia in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The members of the court regret that we must postpone our planned April visit to Concordia, but we believe we have adopte...

03/12/2020
Administrative order issued concerning COVID-19

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court today issued an administrative order outlining Kansas judicial branch policy in response to the current coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The order is 2020-PR-013 . The order outlines: anticipated personnel issues; notices...

03/04/2020
Judge Mike Ward to retire from 13th Judicial District, accept senior judge status

TOPEKA—District Judge Mike Ward will retire March 7 from the 13th Judicial District but then begin work as a senior judge for the Kansas judicial branch. "It has been my great honor to serve as district judge for the people of Butler, Greenwood, and Elk counties," Ward said...

02/28/2020
3rd Judicial District Nominating Commission sends names of nominees to governor

TOPEKA—The 3rd Judicial District Nominating Commission sent the names of four nominees for district judge to Gov. Laura Kelly, who has 60 days to decide who will fill the vacancy created when Chief Judge Evelyn Wilson left her position to become a Supreme Court justice. The ...

02/21/2020
Judicial district nominating commission election results for March 2020

Judicial districts whose residents have voted to adopt a nonpartisan method for selecting judges have a judicial nominating commission that accepts nominations and interviews nominees. In the event of a district judge vacancy, the nominating commission forwards the names of ...