August 2020 News Releases

08/28/2020
30th Judicial District Nominating Commission to interview nominees for judge vacancy

TOPEKA—The 30th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene September 30 to interview seven nominees to fill a district judge vacancy in Sumner County created when Judge R. Scott McQuin retired August ...

08/27/2020
Pretrial Justice Task Force to host two public forums to discuss draft report and recommendations

TOPEKA—Before a Kansas Supreme Court task force charged with examining pretrial detention practices delivers its final report to the court, it will offer two public forums to answer questions about its findings, recommendations, and proposed best practices.

Chief Judge Karen Arnold-Burger, the Kansas Court of Appeals judge who ...

08/26/2020
Two fewer courts processing marriage license applications

TOPEKA—Two fewer district courts are processing marriage license applications, but 16 others continue to provide the remote service by phone and email.

District courts in Crawford and Miami counties no longer take marriage license applications, but both will finish processing ones they have already received if applicants pay the ...

08/14/2020
Supreme Court appoints two, reappoints two others to Municipal Court Judges Education Committee

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court appointed Randall Pankratz and Scott Wright to the Municipal Court Judges Education Committee.

The court reappointed Katherine McElhinney and Karen Torline.

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

Pankratz is municipal judge for the cities of Burns, Halstead, Hesston ...

08/13/2020
Supreme Court appoints two to Judges Assistance Committee

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court reappointed District Magistrate Judge Marty Clark and District Judge Mark Ward to the Judges Assistance Committee.

They will serve four-year terms that began July 1 and end June 30, 2024.

Clark serves in Russell County in the 20th Judicial District. Ward serves in the 6th Judicial ...

08/12/2020
Supreme Court appoints new members to Access to Justice Committee

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court appointed four new members and reappointed three to the Access to Justice Committee.

The new members are:

  • Chief Judge Kevin Berens, who serves in the 15th Judicial District, composed of Cheyenne, Logan, Rawlins, Sheridan, Sherman, Thomas, and Wallace counties;

  • ...

08/10/2020
Supreme Court accepting comment on new rule to allow courts to collect contact information

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court is accepting public comment on proposed Rule 124 that will allow courts to collect contact information from parties, witnesses, and potential jurors to help with case processing.

Contact information will include ...

08/07/2020
Supreme Court appoints four, reappoints two to Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program Board

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court appointed four new members and reappointed two others to the Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program Board.

New members are:

  • Justin Barrett, a lawyer at Barrett Law Firm, Colby;

  • Emily Hartz, a lawyer at Sloan, Eisenbarth, Glassman, Mcentire & Jarboe ...

08/07/2020
Supreme Court reappoints judge to District Magistrate Judges Certification Committee

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

His four-year term began July 1 and ends June 30, 2024.

Kepple serves in Riley County of the 21st Judicial District, which also includes Clay County.

The committee ...

08/06/2020
Supreme Court reappoints four to Kansas Sentencing Commission

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court reappointed four members to the Kansas Sentencing Commission.

The reappointed members will serve two-year terms ending June 30, 2022. They are:

  • District Judge W. Lee Fowler, who serves in the 5th Judicial District, composed of Chase and Lyon counties;

08/06/2020
Chief justice announces changes in Supreme Court staff

TOPEKA—Chief Justice Marla Luckert announced changes in job duties for four Supreme Court staff.

General counsel

Ashley Jarmer is named general counsel to the chief justice.

She has been a research attorney for the chief justice since August 2019. She previously was a research attorney for ...

08/05/2020
Kansas Court of Appeals panel will hear oral arguments by videoconference August 13

TOPEKA—Kansas Court of Appeals judges will hear appeals by videoconference Thursday, August 13. The oral arguments will be livestreamed on YouTube.

Judge Sarah Warner is the presiding judge and is joined by Judges Melissa Taylor Standridge and Kathryn ...

08/04/2020
Kansas Court of Appeals panel will hear oral arguments by videoconference August 11

TOPEKA—Kansas Court of Appeals judges will hear one appeal by videoconference Tuesday, August 11. The oral arguments will be livestreamed on YouTube.

Judge G. Gordon Atcheson is the presiding judge and is joined by Judges David Bruns and Anthony Powell ...

08/04/2020
Kansas Court of Appeals panel will hear oral arguments by videoconference August 12

TOPEKA—Kansas Court of Appeals judges will hear appeals by videoconference Wednesday, August 12. The oral arguments will be livestreamed on YouTube.

Judge Kim R. Schroeder is the presiding judge and is joined by Judges Henry Green Jr. and Michael Buser ...

08/03/2020
Kansas Court of Appeals panel will hear oral arguments by videoconference August 10

TOPEKA—Kansas Court of Appeals judges will hear appeals by videoconference Monday, August 10. The oral arguments will be livestreamed on YouTube.

Judge Stephen Hill is the presiding judge and is joined by Judge Thomas Malone and Senior Judge Richard ...

08/03/2020
New Supreme Court justice to be sworn in August 3

TOPEKA—Keynen "KJ" Wall Jr., Lawrence, will be sworn in as a justice of the Kansas Supreme Court in a private ceremony at 11 a.m. today, August 3, ...

08/03/2020
Chief justice: Suspension of time limitations and deadlines will continue for now

TOPEKA—Chief Justice Marla Luckert said today she will not reinstate statutes of limitation and statutory time standards or deadlines that apply to conducting or processing of judicial proceedings on August 17.