04/20/2021
Supreme Court appoints Judge Penny Moylan to Judicial Education Advisory Committee

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court appointed District Judge Penny Moylan to the Judicial Education Advisory Committee. She will complete the unexpired term of District Judge Steven Hornbaker through June 30, then serve a three-year term ending June 30, 2024. Moylan serves in ...

04/14/2021
Supreme Court appoints member to Kansas Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court appointed Spence Koehn to the Kansas Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision. Koehn will complete a term expiring June 30, then will serve a two-year term beginning July 1. Koehn is a court services officer specialist for the Office...

04/14/2021
Supreme Court announces new judicial administrator

TOPEKA—Chief Justice Marla Luckert announced today the Supreme Court has selected Stephanie Bunten to become the next judicial administrator, the state’s highest ranking nonjudicial position in the Kansas court system. Bunten will succeed Nancy Dixon, who retires April 16 ...

04/13/2021
Supreme Court adopts emergency rules of procedure for hearings under Senate Bill 40

TOPEKA—The Supreme Court issued Administrative Order 2021-RL-032 today to provide emergency rules of procedure for hearings challenging government actions related to the COVID-19 pandemic under 2021 Senate Bill 40. SB 40 creates a new process for a person aggrieved by cert...

04/12/2021
Supreme Court appoints member to Kansas Board of Examiners of Court Reporters

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court appointed Mary Castaneda to the Kansas Board of Examiners of Court Reporters . Castaneda will complete an unexpired term that ends June 30. She is managing court reporter for the 18th Judicial District, which is Sedgwick County. The Kansas B...

04/06/2021
Lori Breshears selected for district magistrate judge vacancy in Osage County

TOPEKA—The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission has selected Lori Breshears to fill a magistrate judge vacancy in Osage County. The commission conducted public interviews of nominees for the position April 6 in Lyndon. Three people had applied for the opening. Bres...

04/01/2021
New Kansas Protection Order Portal available statewide

TOPEKA—A web portal that allows a victim to file for a protection order online is now available in any county in Kansas. The Kansas Protection Order Portal (KSPOP) lets a person with a computer or smartphone complete the process to ask a judge to issue an order of protecti...

03/23/2021
Supreme Court appoints members to eCourt subcommittees

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court appointed two people to serve on subcommittees of the eCourt Steering Committee, which is overseeing implementation of a statewide centralized case management system. Mike Stewart will serve on the eCourt Infrastructure Subcommittee. Stewart i...

03/19/2021
Judicial branch offers online continuing education for guardians ad litem

TOPEKA—The Office of Judicial Administration will offer six one-hour modules of continuing education for guardians ad litem and child welfare stakeholders. The modules, hosted by Wichita State University, satisfy the annual requirement to complete six hours of continuing edu...

03/16/2021
Chief justice appoints Chief Judge Amy Harth to Kansas Judicial Council

TOPEKA—Chief Justice Marla Luckert appointed Chief Judge Amy Harth to fill an unexpired term on the Kansas Judicial Council. Harth will complete a term ending June 30, 2023. She is chief judge of the 6th Judicial District, composed of Bourbon, Linn, and Miami counties. The...