2019 News Releases

12/26/2019
Supreme Court Nominating Commission to interview applicants January 16 and 17

TOPEKA—The Supreme Court Nominating Commission will convene January 16 and 17 to interview applicants to fill a vacancy on the Kansas Supreme Court created by the December 17 retirement of Chief Justice Lawton Nuss.

Interviews will be in a meeting room on the first floor of the Kansas Judicial Center, 301 SW 10th Ave., Topeka ...

12/26/2019
Topeka attorney to lead Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program

Danielle HallTOPEKA—Topeka attorney Danielle Hall will become director of the Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program effective December 30.

The Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program helps lawyers seek treatment ...

12/26/2019
12th Judicial District Nominating Commission to interview nominees for district magistrate vacancy

TOPEKA—The 12th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene Thursday, January 16, to interview nominees to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Republic County.

The vacancy was created by the resignation of Judge Starla Nelson.

The commission will convene at 10:30 a.m. January 16, in the Republic County ...

12/17/2019
Marla Luckert will renew oath of office, become chief justice today

Chief Justice Marla LuckertTOPEKA—When Justice ...

12/16/2019
Nominees sought for district magistrate judge vacancy in Finney County

TOPEKA—The 25th Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking nominations to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Finney County.

The vacancy was created when District Magistrate Judge Christopher Sanders was named to succeed District Judge Michael Quint, who is retiring December 27.

The 25th Judicial ...

12/16/2019
11th Judicial District Nominating Commission to interview nominees for Labette County district judge

TOPEKA—The 11th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene January 10 to interview nine nominees to fill a district judge position in Labette County created by the January 2 retirement of Judge Jeffry Jack.

The commission will meet at 9 a.m. Friday, January 10, at the Judicial Center, 201 S. Central, Parsons. Interviews ...

12/12/2019
District Judge Neil Foth to sit with Kansas Supreme Court December 19

District Judge Neil FothTOPEKA—District Judge Neil Foth of the 10th Judicial District has been appointed to sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in one case on the court's December 19 ...

12/11/2019
District Judge Cheryl Rios to sit with Kansas Supreme Court December 18

District Judge Cheryl RiosTOPEKA—District Judge Cheryl Rios of the 3rd Judicial District has been appointed to sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in two cases on the court's December 18 ...

12/03/2019
Nominees sought for district magistrate judge vacancy in 12th Judicial District

TOPEKA—The 12th Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking nominations to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Republic County created by the resignation of Judge Starla Nelson.

The 12th Judicial District is composed of Cloud, Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Republic, and Washington counties.

Justice Caleb ...

11/22/2019
7th Judicial District Nominating Commission submits nominees for district judge vacancy

TOPEKA—The 7th Judicial District Nominating Commission has sent the names of three nominees for district judge to Gov. Laura Kelly, who has 60 days to decide who will fill the vacancy created by the December 31 retirement of Chief Judge Peggy Carr Kittel.

The 7th Judicial District is composed of Douglas County.

The ...

11/22/2019
New chief judge appointed for 7th Judicial District

District Judge James McCabriaTOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court has appointed District Judge James McCabria as chief judge of the 7th Judicial District effective from January 1 through December 31, 2021.

11/20/2019
Supreme Court Nominating Commission to interview applicants January 16 and 17

TOPEKA—The Supreme Court Nominating Commission will interview applicants on Thursday, January 16, and Friday, January 17, to fill the vacancy on the Kansas Supreme Court created by the December 17 retirement of Chief Justice ...

11/19/2019
7th Judicial District Nominating Commission announces interview schedule for Douglas County vacancy

TOPEKA—The 7th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene November 21 to interviews six nominees to fill a district judge position in Douglas County created by the December 31 retirement of Chief Judge Peggy Carr Kittel.

The 7th Judicial District is composed of Douglas County.

The commission will meet at 8:30 ...

11/19/2019
Chanute lawyer selected for district magistrate judge vacancy in Woodson County

TOPEKA—The 31st Judicial District Nominating Commission has selected Thomas Mikulka, Chanute, to fill a magistrate judge vacancy in Woodson County.

The commission conducted public interviews of nominees for the position November 19 in Yates Center. Four people had applied for the opening.

Mikulka's new position will ...

11/18/2019
11th Judicial District Nominating Commission seeks nominees for district judge vacancy

TOPEKA—The 11th Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking nominations to fill a district judge vacancy in Labette County created by the January 2 retirement of Judge Jeffry Jack.

The 11th Judicial District is composed of Cherokee, Crawford, and Labette counties.

Justice Caleb Stegall, the Supreme Court's ...

11/18/2019
Seventeen candidates apply for Supreme Court vacancy

TOPEKA—Five judges and 12 lawyers applied by a noon deadline today to fill a Kansas Supreme Court vacancy created by the December 17 ...

11/08/2019
Retired Kingman County district magistrate judge receives statewide award

District Magistrate Judge Roseanna MathisTOPEKA—District Magistrate Judge Roseanna Mathis, who retired in August, received the Lee Nusser Award for Outstanding Magistrate Judge of 2019.

The ...

11/07/2019
Long-serving Topeka judge receives state judges' award

TOPEKA—The Kansas District Judges Association presented its top honor to Judge Franklin Theis of Topeka.

The association presented its Award for Judicial Excellence to Theis at its recent annual meeting in Wichita.

"It was surprising, overwhelming, and unexpected," Theis said. But he said the honor was " ...

11/06/2019
7th Judicial District Nominating Commission to interview nominees for Douglas County vacancy

TOPEKA—The 7th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene November 21 to interview six nominees to fill a district judge position in Douglas County created by the December 31 retirement of Chief Judge Peggy Carr Kittel.

The commission will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday, November 21, in the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, ...

11/04/2019
Kansas District Judges Association elects 2019-20 officers

Chief Judge Bruce GattermanTOPEKA—The Kansas District Judges Association, an organization open to all state district court judges, has elected officers to serve the organization in the coming year.

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10/31/2019
Kansas District Magistrate Judges Association elects 2019-20 officers

District Magistrate Judge Marty ClarkTOPEKA—District Magistrate Judge Marty Clark was elected president of the Kansas District Magistrate Judges Association.

The organization, open to all state district ...

10/25/2019
District Judge Mike Ward to sit with Kansas Supreme Court October 31

District Judge Mike WardTOPEKA—District Judge Mike Ward of the 13th Judicial District has been appointed to sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in four cases on the court's October 31 docket. After ...

10/24/2019
District Judge Jared Johnson to sit with Kansas Supreme Court October 30

District Judge Jared JohnsonTOPEKA—District Judge Jared Johnson of the 28th Judicial District has been appointed to sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in four cases on the court's October ...

10/24/2019
31st Judicial District Nominating Commission to interview nominees for district magistrate vacancy

TOPEKA—The 31st Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene November 19 to interview four nominees to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Woodson County.

The vacancy was created by the October 30 retirement of Judge Leo Gensweider.

The commission will convene at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 19, in the ...

10/23/2019
District Judge Kay Huff to sit with Kansas Supreme Court October 29

District Judge Kay HuffTOPEKA—District Judge Kay Huff of the 7th Judicial District has been appointed to sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in four cases on the court's October 29 docket.

...

10/18/2019
Supreme Court Nominating Commission sends names of nominees to governor

TOPEKA — The Supreme Court Nominating Commission today sent the names of three nominees for Supreme Court justice to Gov. Laura Kelly, who has 60 days to decide who will fill the vacancy created by the September 8 retirement of Justice Lee Johnson.

The three candidates are Dennis Depew and Steven Obermeier, who both work for the ...

10/16/2019
Supreme Court Nominating Commission accepting applications for December court vacancy

TOPEKA—The Supreme Court Nominating Commission is seeking nominees to fill a vacancy on the Kansas Supreme Court created by the December 17 retirement of Chief Justice Lawton Nuss.

Nuss' retirement triggers ...

10/15/2019
7th Judicial District Nominating Commission seeks nominees for Douglas County vacancy

​TOPEKA—The 7th Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking nominations to fill a district judge vacancy created by the December 31 retirement of Chief Judge Peggy Carr Kittel.

The 7th Judicial District is composed of Douglas County.

Justice Eric Rosen, the Supreme Court departmental justice responsible for the ...

10/11/2019
Kansas Supreme Court adopts updated child support guidelines

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court has adopted new child support guidelines that will take effect January 1, 2020.

The court adopted the updated guidelines through Administrative Order 307, which says they are to be used as a basis for establishing and reviewing child support orders in Kansas district courts.

The new ...

10/11/2019
International groups learn about Kansas judicial system in visits to Topeka

TOPEKA—Judges, lawyers, and legal scholars from around the world have met with Kansas Supreme Court justices to learn more about the U.S. judicial system.

Through the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, participants have had the opportunity to question Kansas' justices how the judicial system ...

10/09/2019
Leoti woman selected for district magistrate judge vacancy in Wichita County

TOPEKA—The 25th Judicial District Nominating Commission has selected Korina Wedel of Leoti to fill a magistrate judge vacancy in Wichita County.

The commission conducted public interviews of nominees for the position October 9 in Leoti. Three people had applied for the opening.

Wedel's new position will be effective ...

10/04/2019
25th Judicial District Nominating Commission submits nominees for district judge vacancy in Finney County

TOPEKA—The 25th Judicial District Nominating Commission has 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 by the December 27 retirement of Judge Michael Quint.

The 25th Judicial District is composed of Finney, Greeley, Hamilton, Kearny, Scott ...

10/03/2019
Nominees sought for district magistrate judge vacancy in 31st Judicial District

TOPEKA—The 31st Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking nominations to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Woodson County created by the October 30 retirement of Judge Leo Gensweider.

The 31st Judicial District is composed of Allen, Neosho, Wilson, and Woodson counties.

Justice Caleb Stegall, the ...

10/03/2019
Chief Judge Peggy Carr Kittel to retire from 7th Judicial District

Chief Judge Peggy Carr KittelTOPEKA—Chief Judge Peggy Carr Kittel will retire December 31 after 19 years of service. She has been chief judge of the 7th ...

09/26/2019
Longtime district court employee to serve as honorary bailiff

TOPEKA—A 38-year veteran of Butler County District Court will call to order the Kansas Supreme Court's special session in El Dorado.

Janell Jessup, who is clerk of the district court in Butler County ...

09/24/2019
Interview schedule announced for district judge vacancy in Finney County

TOPEKA—The 25th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene October 2 to interview five nominees to fill a district judge position in Finney County created by the upcoming December 27 retirement of Judge Michael Quint.

The commission will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday, October 2, in the Finney County Courthouse, Room 301, 425 ...

09/24/2019
Interview schedule announced for district magistrate judge vacancy in Wichita County

TOPEKA—The 25th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene October 9 to interview three nominees to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Wichita County. The vacancy was created by the July 31 resignation of Judge Janna DeLissa.

The commission will convene at 9 a.m. Wednesday, October 9, in the Wichita County ...

09/20/2019
New attorneys to take state and federal oaths in September 27 ceremonies

TOPEKA—Successful applicants to the July 2019 Kansas bar examination will be sworn in as Kansas attorneys at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 27.

The new attorneys will take their oaths of office in the Kansas Supreme Court courtroom at the Kansas Judicial Center, 301 SW 10th Ave., in Topeka.

Chief Justice Lawton Nuss ...

09/20/2019
District Judge Jeffry Jack to retire in January 2020

TOPEKA—District Judge Jeffry Jack will retire January 2 after 14 years of service. Jack was appointed a Labette County district judge in 2005.

09/20/2019
Lawrence lawyer honored for outstanding service to continuing legal education in Kansas

TOPEKA—Laura Shaneyfelt, Lawrence, is the 2019 recipient of the Robert L. Gernon Award presented by the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission.

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09/19/2019
Supreme Court announces cases for October 7 special session at El Dorado

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court announced the two cases it will hear in a special session Monday, October 7, at El Dorado, the next destination in the court's ongoing outreach to familiarize Kansans with the high court, its work, and the overall role of the Kansas judiciary.

The court will be in session from 6:30 p.m. to ...

09/18/2019
Supreme Court Nominating Commission to interview applicants October 17 and 18

TOPEKA—On Thursday, October 17, and Friday, October 18, the Supreme Court Nominating Commission will interview applicants to fill the vacancy on the Kansas Supreme Court created by the September 8 retirement of Justice Lee Johnson.

Interviews will be in a meeting room on the first floor of the Kansas Judicial Center, 301 SW 10th ...

09/10/2019
Fort Scott Community College to host Kansas Court of Appeals

TOPEKA—A three-judge panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals will hear three cases September 17 at Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott as part of the court's observance of Constitution Day.

The court will hear cases beginning at 9 a.m. in the Ellis Fine Arts Center, 2108 S Horton.

Judges Kim R. Schroeder, G ...

09/10/2019
Kansas State University to host Kansas Court of Appeals

TOPEKA—A three-judge panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals will hear four cases September 17 at Kansas State University in Manhattan as part of the court's observance of Constitution Day.

The court will hear cases beginning at 9:30 a.m. in Forum Hall in the Student Union.

Judges Karen Arnold-Burger, Henry Green Jr ...

09/09/2019
Three nominees to be interviewed for district magistrate judge vacancy in Wichita County

TOPEKA—The 25th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene October 9 to interview three nominees to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Wichita County. The vacancy was created by the July 31 resignation of Judge Janna DeLissa.

The commission will convene at 9 a.m. Wednesday, October 9, in the Wichita County ...

09/09/2019
Five nominees to be interviewed for district judge vacancy in Finney County

TOPEKA—The 25th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene October 2 to interview five nominees to fill a district judge position in Finney County created by the upcoming December 27 retirement of Judge Michael Quint.

The commission will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday, October 2, in the Finney County Courthouse, Room 301, 425 ...

09/05/2019
District Judge Constance Alvey to sit with Kansas Supreme Court September 12

TOPEKA—District Judge Constance Alvey of the 29th Judicial District has been appointed to sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to deliberate one case on the court's September 12 summary calendar. Alvey will ...

09/04/2019
Bethany College to host Kansas Court of Appeals

TOPEKA—A three-judge panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals will hear three cases September 17 at Bethany College in Lindsborg as part of the court's observance of Constitution Day.

The court will hear cases beginning at 9 a.m. at Wallerstedt Learning Center, 235 E Swensson Ave.

Judges Anthony Powell, Stephen Hill ...

09/04/2019
District Judge Eric Godderz to sit with Kansas Supreme Court September 10

TOPEKA—District Judge Eric Godderz of the 4th Judicial District has been appointed to sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to hear one case on the court' ...

09/03/2019
District Judge Mark Ward to sit with Kansas Supreme Court September 9

TOPEKA—District Judge Mark Ward of the 6th Judicial District has been appointed to sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to hear one case on the court's ...

09/03/2019
Twenty apply for Supreme Court vacancy

TOPEKA—Six judges and 14 attorneys applied by a noon deadline today to fill a Kansas Supreme Court vacancy created by the September 8 retirement of Justice Lee Johnson.

The applicants are:

  • Kristafer R. Ailslieger, lawyer, Topeka

  • Daniel Cahill, judge, Kansas City

  • ...

08/23/2019
3rd Judicial District Nominating Commission submits nominees for district judge vacancy in Shawnee County

TOPEKA—The 3rd Judicial District Nominating Commission has sent the names of four nominees for district judge to Gov. Laura Kelly, who has 60 days to decide who will fill a position vacated July 31 by Judge Franklin Theis.

The 3rd Judicial District is composed of Shawnee County.

The nominees are:

08/21/2019
Chief Judge Jeff Goering to sit with Kansas Supreme Court in El Dorado

TOPEKA—Chief Judge Jeff Goering of the 18th Judicial District has been appointed to sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in two cases ...

08/19/2019
30th Judicial District Nominating Commission selects district magistrate judge in Kingman County

TOPEKA—The 30th Judicial District Nominating Commission has selected Ronald Sylvester, Hutchinson, to fill a magistrate judge vacancy in Kingman County.

The commission conducted public interviews of nominees for the position August 19 at the Kingman County Courthouse in Kingman. Three people had applied for the opening.

08/16/2019
3rd Judicial District Nominating Commission schedules interviews for judge vacancy

TOPEKA—The 3rd Judicial District Nominating Commission will interview 13 nominees to fill a district judge position in Shawnee County vacated July 31 by Judge Franklin Theis.

The commission will meet at 8 a.m. Friday, August 23, in the Shawnee County Courthouse, 200 SE 7th St. Interviews are open to the public.

The 3rd ...

08/14/2019
Kansas Court of Appeals to mark Constitution Day with sessions on three campuses

TOPEKA—The Kansas Court of Appeals will visit Bethany College, Fort Scott Community College, and Kansas State University September 17 as part of the court's observance of Constitution Day.

It is the court's first visit to Bethany College in Lindsborg and Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott.

The Court of ...

08/08/2019
Sarah Warner to join Kansas Court of Appeals in August 8 ceremony

TOPEKA—Sarah Warner will be sworn in as judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 8, in the Supreme Court courtroom in the Kansas Judicial Center, Topeka.

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08/07/2019
25th Judicial District Nominating Commission seeks nominees for district magistrate judge vacancy

TOPEKA—The 25th Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking nominations to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Wichita County created by the July 31 resignation of Judge Janna DeLissa.

The 25th Judicial District is composed of Finney, Greeley, Hamilton, Kearny, Scott, and Wichita counties.

Justice Dan ...

08/07/2019
25th Judicial District Nominating Commission seeks nominees for district judge vacancy

TOPEKA—The 25th Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking nominations to fill a district judge vacancy in Finney County created by the upcoming December 27 retirement of Judge Michael Quint.

The 25th Judicial District is composed of Finney, Greeley, Hamilton, Kearny, Scott, and Wichita counties.

Justice Dan ...

08/05/2019
3rd Judicial District Nominating Commission to interview nominees for vacancy

TOPEKA—The 3rd Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene August 23 to interview nominees to fill a district judge position in Shawnee County vacated July 31 by Judge Franklin Theis.

The commission will meet at 9 a.m. Friday, August 23, in the Shawnee County Courthouse, 200 SE Seventh St. Interviews are open to the ...

07/31/2019
Kansas Court of Appeals announces August 8 swearing-in ceremony for Sarah Warner

TOPEKA—The Kansas Court of Appeals announced today that Sarah Warner will be sworn in as that court’s 14th judge in a 2 p.m. ceremony Thursday, August 8, in the Supreme Court courtroom of the Kansas Judicial Center ...

07/30/2019
Kansas Supreme Court appoints new members to Access to Justice Committee

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court appointed six new members to the Access to Justice Committee.

Five of the new members will serve terms that began July 1 and end June 30, 2022.

They are:

  • Christie Koehn, chief court services officer of the 6th Judicial District, which includes Miami, Linn, and ...

07/30/2019
Three to represent judicial branch on criminal justice reform commission

TOPEKA—Three representatives from the Kansas judicial branch have been appointed to serve on the Kansas Criminal Justice Reform Commission.

Under authority granted by state statute, Chief Justice Lawton Nuss appointed Chris Mechler, court services specialist in the Office of Judicial Administration.

Also under statutory ...

07/26/2019
Chief Justice Lawton Nuss to retire December 17

Chief Justice Lawton NussTOPEKA―Chief Justice Lawton Nuss announced today that he will retire from the Supreme Court effective December 17, 2019.

Nuss has served as a justice on the Supreme Court since 2002 ...

07/24/2019
30th Judicial District Nominating Commission to interview nominees for district magistrate vacancy

TOPEKA—The 30th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene August 19 to interview three nominees to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Kingman County.

The vacancy was created by the retirement of District Magistrate Judge Roseanna Mathis.

The commission will convene at 8 a.m. Monday, August 19, in the ...

07/24/2019
New member joins eCourt Steering Committee

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court appointed a new member and reappointed others to the eCourt Steering Committee, which is overseeing implementation of a centralized case management system.

The system will allow all district and appellate case data to reside on a single web-based platform, transforming the way state courts serve ...

07/24/2019
21st Judicial District Nominating Commission submits four nominees for district judge vacancy in Riley County

TOPEKA—The 21st Judicial District Nominating Commission has 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 by the June 16 retirement of Judge Chief Judge Meryl Wilson.

The 21st Judicial District is composed of Clay and Riley counties.

07/23/2019
Supreme Court Nominating Commission accepting nominations for upcoming court vacancy

TOPEKA—The Supreme Court Nominating Commission is seeking nominations to fill a vacancy on the Kansas Supreme Court created by the

07/23/2019
21st Judicial District Nominating Commission announces interview schedule for judge vacancy nominees

TOPEKA—The 21st Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene July 24 to interview seven nominees to fill a district judge vacancy in Riley County created by the June 16 retirement of Chief Judge Meryl Wilson.

The commission will meet at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, in the Riley County Courthouse, 100 Courthouse Plaza ...

07/18/2019
Supreme Court appoints two to Municipal Court Clerks Education Committee

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court appointed Sara Javier, municipal court clerk for the city of Maize, to a three-year term on the Municipal Court Clerks Education Committee.

The court also reappointed Cathy Schroeder, municipal court clerk for the city of Goddard.

Their terms began July 1 and will end June 30, 2022.

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07/17/2019
Two judges appointed to Municipal Court Judges Education Committee

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court appointed Steve Baccus and Ted Griffith to the Municipal Court Judges Education Committee.

Baccus is municipal judge for the city of Minneapolis. Griffith is municipal judge for the city of Wichita.

Their terms began July 1 and end June 30, 2022.

The committee recommends and ...

07/15/2019
Five appointed to Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court appointed three new members to the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission and reappointed two others.

The commission oversees continuing legal education requirements for lawyers licensed to practice in Kansas. Attorneys must earn a minimum of 12 credit hours each year.

New members ...

07/11/2019
Judge Alford reappointed to District Magistrate Judges Certification Committee

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court reappointed District Magistrate Judge Peggy Alford to the District Magistrate Judges Certification Committee.

07/10/2019
Justice Lee Johnson to retire September 8

Supreme Court Justice Lee A. JohnsonTOPEKA—Justice Lee Johnson, who has served on the Kansas Supreme Court since 2007, announced today he will retire ...

07/09/2019
Two reappointed to Judicial Education Advisory Committee

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court reappointed District Magistrate Judge Wade Dixon and Denise Kilwein to the Judicial Education Advisory Committee.

Their terms began July 1 and end June 30, 2022.

Dixon serves in Greeley County of the 25th Judicial District.

Kilwein is director of education for the Kansas ...

07/08/2019
3rd Judicial District Nominating Committee seeks nominees for judge vacancy in Shawnee County

TOPEKA—The 3rd Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking nominations to fill a district judge position in Shawnee County being vacated by Judge Franklin Theis on July 31.

The 3rd Judicial District is composed of Shawnee County.

Justice Marla Luckert, the Supreme Court departmental justice responsible for the ...

07/02/2019
Five appointed to Alternative Dispute Resolution Council

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court appointed three new members to the Alternative Dispute Resolution Council and reappointed two more.

All will serve from July 1 through June 30, 2022.

New members are:

  • Mickey Armstrong, Hays, a mediator in the 23rd Judicial District, composed of Ellis, Gove, Rooks ...

07/02/2019
Supreme Court appoints members to Task Force on Permanency Planning

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court appointed two people to the Supreme Court Task Force on Permanency Planning and reappointed two others.

Their four-year terms began July 1 and end June 30, 2023.

The new members are:

  • Kerrie Lonard, Lawrence, a guardian ad litem with Kansas Legal Services; and

    ...

06/28/2019
New member appointed to Kansas Judicial Council

TOPEKA—Chief Justice Lawton Nuss of the Kansas Supreme Court appointed Vic Braden to a four-year term on the Kansas Judicial Council and reappointed three members.

They will serve through June 30, 2023.

Braden, a Topeka lawyer, is deputy attorney general of the criminal litigation division of the Kansas Attorney General ...

06/28/2019
Five appointed to Language Access Committee

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court appointed Thomas Fields, a lawyer from Kansas City, Kansas, to the Language Access Committee.

Fields will complete an unexpired term through June 30, 2020.

Reappointed to three-year terms are:

Chief Judge Karen Arnold-Burger of the Kansas Court of Appeals;

Chief Judge ...

06/28/2019
21st Judicial District Nominating Commission to interview nominees for vacancy

TOPEKA—The 21st Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene July 24 to interview seven nominees to fill a district judge vacancy in Riley County created by the June 16 retirement of Chief Judge Meryl Wilson.

The commission will meet at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, in the Riley County Courthouse, 100 Courthouse Plaza ...

06/27/2019
Two new members appointed, one reappointed to Client Protection Fund Commission

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court appointed Ann Adrian of Newton and District Judge Teresa Watson of Topeka and reappointed Carrie Allton of Lawrence to three-year terms on the Client Protection Fund Commission.

Their terms begin July 1 and end June 30, 2022.

The Lawyers Fund for Client Protection, which the board ...

06/27/2019
Retired judge reappointed to Judicial Ethics Advisory Panel

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court reappointed former Court of Appeals Chief Judge J. Patrick Brazil to a four-year term on the Judicial Ethics Advisory Panel.

Brazil, Topeka, will serve until June 30, 2023.

He was a Court of Appeals judge from 1985 to 1995 and was chief judge from 1995 to 2001, when he retired. Before ...

06/26/2019
New chief judge appointed for 18th Judicial District

District Judge Jeff GoeringTOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court has appointed District Judge Jeff Goering as chief judge of the 18th Judicial District ...

06/25/2019
New member named, two reappointed to Chief Judges Council

TOPEKA—Chief Justice Lawton Nuss appointed Chief Judge Robert Burns to complete an unexpired term on the Chief Judges Council, which provides the Kansas Supreme Court with ground-level perspective on issues facing Kansas courts.

Burns will serve on the council through December 2020. He serves in the 29th Judicial District, which ...

06/25/2019
Chief Judge James Fleetwood to retire from 18th Judicial District

TOPEKA—Chief Judge James Fleetwood will retire June 29 after more than 22 years of service.

He has been the longest-serving chief judge of the 18th Judicial District, which is composed of Sedgwick ...

06/24/2019
Supreme Court to conduct special evening session in El Dorado

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court will conduct a special evening session October 7 in El Dorado as part of its ongoing outreach to familiarize Kansans with the high court, its work, and the overall role of the Kansas judiciary.

The court will be in session from 6:30 p.m. to about 8 p.m. Monday, October 7, in the 900-seat auditorium ...

06/20/2019
New member named, two reappointed to Kansas Board of Examiners of Court Reporters

TOPEKA—Sharon Cahill, an official court reporter in the 29th Judicial District, was appointed to a three-year term on the Kansas Board of Examiners of Court Reporters.

The 29th Judicial District is composed of Wyandotte County.

Additionally, Shirla McQueen and Rachel Pickering were reappointed to the board.

06/20/2019
Three appointed to Judges Assistance Committee

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court appointed District Magistrate Judge Richard Flax, District Judge Michael Hoelscher, and District Magistrate Judge Dale Snyder to the Judges Assistance Committee.

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

06/18/2019
Kingman County District Magistrate Judge Roseanna Mathis to retire

District Magistrate Judge Roseanna MathisTOPEKA—After nearly 27 years on the bench, District Magistrate Judge Roseanna Mathis will retire August 2.

She has served as magistrate judge in Kingman ...

06/18/2019
Nominees sought for district magistrate judge vacancy in 30th Judicial District

TOPEKA—The 30th Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking nominations to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Kingman County created by the August 2 retirement of Judge Roseanna Mathis.

The 30th Judicial District is composed of Barber, Harper, Kingman, Pratt, and Sumner counties.

Justice Carol Beier, the ...

06/17/2019
3rd Judicial District Nominating Commission submits nominees for district judge vacancy in Shawnee County

TOPEKA—The 3rd Judicial District Nominating Commission has sent the names of three nominees for district judge to Gov. Laura Kelly, who has 60 days to decide who will fill the vacancy created by the July 12 retirement of Judge Mark Braun.

The 3rd Judicial District is composed of Shawnee County.

The nominees are:

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06/10/2019
District judge follows father's footsteps, serves on Court of Appeals panel

District Judge Neil FothTOPEKA—On June 11, District Judge Neil Foth will take his seat in the Court of Appeals courtroom, wearing the same robe and hearing cases from behind ...

06/07/2019
District Judge Mark Braun to retire July 12 after 13 years of service

District Judge Mark BraunTOPEKA—District Judge Mark Braun will retire July 12 after serving 13 years in the 3rd Judicial District.

Braun became a ...

06/06/2019
New chief judge appointed for 21st Judicial District

Chief Judge Grant BannisterTOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court has appointed District Judge Grant Bannister as chief judge of the 21st Judicial District effective from June 16 through December 31, 2019.

05/31/2019
3rd Judicial District Nominating Commission to interview nominees for judge vacancy in Shawnee County

TOPEKA—The 3rd Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene June 14 to interview 10 nominees to fill a district judge vacancy in Shawnee County created by the July 12 retirement of Judge Mark Braun.

The commission will meet at 9 a.m. Friday, June 14, in the Shawnee County Courthouse, 200 SE Seventh St. Interviews are open ...

05/30/2019
21st Judicial District Nominating Committee seeks nominees for district judge vacancy in Riley County

TOPEKA—The 21st Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking nominations to fill a district judge vacancy in Riley County created by the June 16 retirement of Chief Judge Meryl Wilson.

The 21st Judicial District is composed of Clay and Riley counties.

Justice Marla Luckert, the Supreme Court departmental justice ...

05/24/2019
7th Judicial District Nominating Commission submits nominees for district judge vacancy in Douglas County

TOPEKA—The 7th Judicial District Nominating Commission has 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 by the June 15 retirement of Judge Paula Martin.

The 7th Judicial District is composed of Douglas County.

The four nominees are ...

05/22/2019
District Magistrate Judge Ross McIlvain to retire July 4 after 15 years of service

District Magistrate Judge Ross McIlvainTOPEKA—District Magistrate Judge Ross McIlvain will retire July 4 after 15 years of service.

McIlvain, who serves in Greenwood County of the 13th Judicial District, ...

05/15/2019
Chief Judge Meryl Wilson to retire June 16

Chief Judge Meryl WilsonTOPEKA—Chief Judge Meryl Wilson of the 21st Judicial District will retire June 16 after 22 years of service. He has been a ...

05/14/2019
10th Judicial District Nominating Commission submits nominees for district judge vacancy in Johnson County

TOPEKA—The 10th Judicial District Nominating Commission has sent the names of three nominees for district judge to Gov. Laura Kelly, who has 60 days to decide who will fill the vacancy created by the June 28 retirement of Judge Kevin Moriarty.

The 10th Judicial District is composed of Johnson County.

The three nominees: ...

05/13/2019
Senior judge reappointed to Kansas Guardianship Program board

Senior Judge Richard WalkerTOPEKA—Chief Justice Lawton Nuss of the Kansas Supreme Court appointed Senior Judge Richard Walker to a two-year term on the board ...

05/13/2019
Three members reappointed to Kansas Commission on Judicial Conduct

TOPEKA—Chief Judge Lawton Nuss of the Kansas Supreme Court reappointed James Cooper and Robert Fairchild, both of Lawrence, and Norman Kelly, Salina, to the Kansas Commission on Judicial Conduct, formerly known as the Kansas Commission on Judicial Qualifications.

Their terms end June 30, 2023.

The 14-member commission ...

05/10/2019
7th Judicial District Nominating Committee announces schedule to interview nominees for judge vacancy

TOPEKA—The 7th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene at 8:45 a.m. Thursday, May 23, to interview nominees to fill a district judge vacancy in Douglas County created by the June 15 retirement of Judge Paula Martin.

Interviews are open to the public and they will be in the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E ...

05/10/2019
Christopher Velez selected for district magistrate judge vacancy in Hamilton County

TOPEKA—The 25th Judicial District Nominating Commission selected Christopher James Velez of Garden City to fill a magistrate judge vacancy in Hamilton County.

The commission conducted a public interview of the nominee May 10 at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Syracuse. Velez was the only nominee.

Velez's new ...

05/10/2019
Supreme Court rules on Court of Appeals appointment process

A unanimous Supreme Court ruled that state law does not permit District Court Judge Jeffry Jack or Governor Laura Kelly to withdraw Judge Jack's appointment to the Kansas Court of Appeals.

No. 121,061: State of Kansas v. Governor Laura Kelly, Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss, and Kansas ...

04/30/2019
3rd Judicial District Nominating Committee seeks nominees for judge vacancy in Shawnee County

TOPEKA—The 3rd Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking nominations to fill a district judge vacancy in Shawnee County created by the July 12 retirement of Judge Mark Braun.

The 3rd Judicial District is composed of Shawnee County.

Justice Marla Luckert, the Supreme Court departmental justice responsible for ...

04/26/2019
Supreme Court announces decision in Hodes & Nauser v. Derek Schmidt

In a decision released today, the Kansas Supreme Court affirmed a Shawnee County District Court's order temporarily enjoining enforcement of legislation banning an abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation. The Supreme Court held the Kansas Constitution Bill of Rights protects a woman's access to abortion and the plaintiffs ...

04/25/2019
District Judge Daniel Cahill to sit with Kansas Supreme Court April 29

District Judge Daniel CahillTOPEKA—District Judge Daniel Cahill of the 29th Judicial District has been appointed to sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in one case on the court's April 29 ...

04/25/2019
District Judge Jeff Elder to sit with Kansas Supreme Court May 1

District Judge Jeffrey ElderTOPEKA—District Judge Jeff Elder of the 2nd Judicial District has been appointed to sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to hear one case on the court's May 1 summary calendar.

04/25/2019
District Judge Steven Montgomery to sit with Kansas Supreme Court April 29

District Judge Steve MontgomeryTOPEKA—District Judge Steven Montgomery of the 6th Judicial District has been appointed to sit with the Kansas Supreme ...

04/22/2019
Supreme Court accepting comment on new and amended rules related to statewide eCourt project

TOPEKA―The Kansas Supreme Court is accepting public comment on five new rules and one amended rule that relate to electronic filing, court case data, and case records as the state's judicial districts and appellate courts begin to transition to a new centralized case management system, a primary component of Kansas eCourt.

The ...

04/22/2019
7th Judicial District Nominating Commission to interview nominees for vacancy

TOPEKA—The 7th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 23, to interview nominees to fill a district judge vacancy in Douglas County created by the June 15 retirement of Judge Paula Martin.

The commission will meet in the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E 11th St., Lawrence. Interviews ...

04/22/2019
New attorneys to take state and federal oaths in April 26 ceremony

TOPEKA—Successful applicants to the February 2019 Kansas bar examination will be sworn in as Kansas attorneys at 10 a.m. Friday, April 26, in the Kansas Supreme Court courtroom at the Kansas Judicial Center, 301 SW 10th Ave., Topeka.

Chief Justice Lawton Nuss will preside over the Supreme Court, and Senior Judge John Lungstrum of ...

04/19/2019
10th Judicial District Nominating Commission to interview nominees for vacancy

TOPEKA—The 10th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene at 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 13, to interview 10 nominees to fill a district judge vacancy in Johnson County created by the June 28 retirement of Judge Kevin Moriarty.

The commission will meet at the Johnson County Administration Building, Rooms 202-204, 111 S ...

04/15/2019
25th Judicial District Nominating Commission to interview nominee for district magistrate vacancy

TOPEKA—The 25th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene May 10 to interview one nominee to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Hamilton County.

The vacancy was created by the resignation of District Magistrate Judge Meghan Houtsma, effective May 1.

The commission will convene at 9 a.m. Mountain time ...

04/11/2019
Kansas Court of Appeals to hear oral arguments at Washburn University in Topeka

TOPEKA—A three-judge panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Tuesday, April 16, in the Robinson Courtroom at Washburn University School of Law.

The law school building on the Washburn University campus is at 17th and MacVicar in Topeka.

Judges Kim R. Schroeder, G. Gordon Atcheson, and Michael Buser ...

04/11/2019
Kansas Court of Appeals to hear oral arguments at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park

TOPEKA—A three-judge panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Tuesday, April 16, in the Hudson Auditorium at Johnson County Community College.

Hudson Auditorium is located on the second floor of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at the college, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park.

Chief Judge ...

04/11/2019
10th Judicial District Nominating Commission to review nominees for vacancy

TOPEKA—The 10th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene at 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 19, to review 18 nominations to fill a district judge vacancy in Johnson County created by the June 28 retirement of Judge Kevin Moriarty.

The commission will meet at the Johnson County Administration Building, Rooms 202/204, 111 S ...

04/08/2019
Douglas County district judge to retire after 25 years of service

District Judge Paula MartinTOPEKA—District Judge Paula Martin will retire June 14 after serving 25 years in the 7th Judicial District.

Martin was appointed in 1994 to fill a new position ...

03/26/2019
Johnson County district judge to retire after 15 years of service

District Judge Kevin MoriartyTOPEKA—District Judge Kevin Moriarty will retire June 28 after serving more than 15 years in the 10th Judicial District ...

03/26/2019
Nominees sought for judge vacancy in 7th Judicial District

TOPEKA—The 7th Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking nominations to fill a district judge vacancy in Douglas County created by the June 15 retirement of Judge Paula Martin.

The 7th Judicial District is composed of Douglas County.

Justice Eric Rosen, the Supreme Court departmental justice responsible for the ...

03/25/2019
Douglas County court reporter named honorary bailiff for Supreme Court's special session in Lawrence

Mary Kay HoweTOPEKA—Mary Kay Howe is a staunch advocate of the country's judicial system. 

"I'm proud of our court system and the way it works. It's a very fair system, and I enjoy being ...

03/18/2019
New chief judge appointed for 29th Judicial District

Chief Judge Robert BurnsTOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court has appointed District Judge Robert Burns as chief judge of the 29th Judicial District effective from May 4 through December 31, 2019.

Burns will ...

03/15/2019
Nominees sought for district judge vacancy in 10th Judicial District

TOPEKA—The 10th Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking nominations to fill a district judge vacancy in Johnson County created by the June 28 retirement of Judge Kevin Moriarty.

The 10th Judicial District is composed of Johnson County.

Justice Lee Johnson, the Supreme Court departmental justice responsible ...

03/11/2019
Nominees sought for district magistrate judge vacancy in 25th Judicial District

TOPEKA—The 25th Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking nominations to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Hamilton County created by the resignation of Magistrate Judge Meghan Houtsma, effective May 1.

The 25th Judicial District is composed of Finney, Greeley, Hamilton, Kearny, Scott, and Wichita counties.

...

03/11/2019
Supreme Court announces cases for April 1 special session in Lawrence

Chief Justice Lawton NussTOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court announced the two cases it will hear in a special session Monday, April 1, in Lawrence, the next destination in the court's ongoing outreach to ...

03/05/2019
District Judge Kathleen Sloan to sit with Kansas Supreme Court March 12

District Judge Kathleen SloanTOPEKA—District Judge Kathleen Sloan of the 10th Judicial District has been appointed to sit with the Kansas Supreme Court ...

03/01/2019
Chief Judge R. Wayne Lampson to retire

Chief Judge Wayne LampsonTOPEKA—Chief Judge R. Wayne Lampson of the 29th Judicial District will retire May 4. He has been a district judge since 1995 ...

02/27/2019
Task force to focus on lawyer well-being

TOPEKA—The newly formed Kansas State Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being will address health issues in the legal profession and implement recommendations from a national group.

The National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, created in 2016 by the American Bar Association, suggests reaching out to groups that influence the legal ...

02/11/2019
Updated salary study shows judicial branch employee pay still below market

TOPEKA—The Kansas judicial branch today released an updated study showing that pay for nearly every job classification within the branch continues to be below market levels, some by as much as 18.6 percent.

"When I gave my State of the Judiciary address Wednesday, I noted that pay for Kansas trial judges ranks dead last ...

02/11/2019
Supreme Court to conduct special evening session in Lawrence

Chief Justice Lawton NussTOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court will conduct a special evening session April 1 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence as part of its ongoing outreach to familiarize Kansans with the ...

01/25/2019
District Judge Charles Droege to sit with Kansas Supreme Court January 31

District Judge James DroegeTOPEKA—District Judge Charles Droege of the 10th Judicial District has been appointed to sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in one case on the court& ...

01/25/2019
District Judge Jeffry Larson to sit with Kansas Supreme Court January 31

District Judge Jeffrey LarsonTOPEKA—District Judge Jeffry Larson of the 5th Judicial District has been appointed to sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to ...

01/25/2019
Chief Justice to give State of the Judiciary address February 6

Chief Justice Lawton NussTOPEKA—Chief Justice Lawton Nuss will give his annual State of the Kansas Judiciary address at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 6, from the courtroom of the Supreme Court in the ...

01/25/2019
Scott McPherson selected for district magistrate judge vacancy in Harper County

TOPEKA—The 30th Judicial District Nominating Commission has selected Scott McPherson, a Sterling attorney, to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Harper County.

The commission conducted public interviews of nominees for the position January 25 in the Harper County Courthouse in Anthony. Seven people applied for the ...

01/24/2019
District Judge Patrick Thompson to sit with Kansas Supreme Court January 30

District Judge Patrick ThompsonTOPEKA—District Judge Patrick Thompson of the 28th Judicial District has been appointed to sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in one case on the court's ...

01/15/2019
Chief judge of the 12th Judicial District appointed to Kansas Judicial Council

Cudney-Kim-12th-JD-crop-(1).jpgTOPEKA—Chief Justice Lawton Nuss of the Kansas ...

01/04/2019
30th Judicial District Nominating Commission to interview nominees for district magistrate vacancy

TOPEKA — The 30th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene January 25 to interview seven nominees to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Harper County.

The vacancy was created by the retirement of Judge James Richard Biles. 

The commission will convene at 8 a.m. Friday, January 25, in the Harper ...