2021 News Releases

09/23/2021
New attorneys to take state and federal oaths September 24

TOPEKA—Applicants who successfully passed the Kansas bar examination will be sworn in as Kansas attorneys in either an in-person ceremony or by videoconference Friday, September 24. 
 
New attorneys can choose to be sworn in Friday in an in-person ceremony, a one-on-one videoconference ceremony, or by any state ...

09/21/2021
12th Judicial Nominating Commission to meet September 27

The 12th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene by telephone conference at 11:30 a.m. Monday, September 27, to discuss seeking additional nominees for a district magistrate judge vacancy ...

09/15/2021
Judicial branch announces Constitution Day webpage

TOPEKA—The Kansas judicial branch is joining organizations across Kansas and the United States recognizing Constitution Day to remind people of the important role the U.S. Constitution had in our nation’s founding and continues to have in our day-to-day lives. 

Constitution Day is September 17, and it marks the ...

09/14/2021
Supreme Court reappoints two to Kansas Board of Law Examiners

TOPEKA–The Kansas Supreme Court reappointed Peter Scott Johnston, Salina, and Carol Park, Hays, to the Kansas Board of Law Examiners.

Both will serve through June 30, 2026. 

Park, who will serve as board chair, is with Schwartz & Park LLP of Hays. 

Johnston is with Clark, Mize & ...

09/13/2021
Judge Delia York reappointed to Kansas Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision

TOPEKA— The Kansas Supreme Court reappointed District Judge Delia York to a four-year term on the Kansas Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision.
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09/10/2021
Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Hill to sit with Kansas Supreme Court September 17

TOPEKA-- Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Hill will sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to hear and help decide one case on the court’s September 17 docket that will take place by videoconference.

After hearing oral arguments, Judge Hill will join Supreme Court justices in their deliberations and decision drafting.

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09/10/2021
Court of Appeals Judge Thomas Malone to sit with Kansas Supreme Court September 15

TOPEKA—Court of Appeals Judge Thomas Malone will sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to hear and help decide one case on the court’s September 15 docket that will take place by videoconference.

After hearing oral arguments, Malone will join Supreme Court justices in their deliberations and decision drafting.

09/10/2021
Court of Appeals Judge Michael Buser to sit with Kansas Supreme Court September 14
TOPEKA—Court of Appeals Judge Michael Buser will sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to hear and help decide one case on the court’s September 14 docket that will take place by videoconference.

After hearing oral arguments, Judge Buser will join Supreme Court justices in their deliberations and decision drafting.

09/10/2021
Court of Appeals Judge Henry Green to sit with Kansas Supreme Court September 13

TOPEKA—Court of Appeals Judge Henry Green will sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to hear and help decide one case on the court’s September 13 docket that will take place by videoconference.

After hearing oral arguments, Judge Green will join Supreme Court justices in their deliberations and decision drafting.

09/10/2021
9th Judicial District Nominating Commission sends the names of three nominees for district judge to governor

TOPEKA—The 9th 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 ...

09/10/2021
Court of Appeals Chief Judge honored for outstanding service to continuing legal education in Kansas

TOPEKA—Karen Arnold-Burger, chief judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals, is the 2021 recipient of the Robert ...

09/08/2021
25th Judicial District Nominating Committee sends the names of nominees for two district judges to governor

TOPEKA—The 25th 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 ...

09/07/2021
W. Thomas Stratton to serve as interim disciplinary administrator
TOPEKA-The Kansas Supreme Court today appointed W. Thomas Stratton Jr. to serve as interim disciplinary administrator from September 7 through October 8, or until further order of the court.

“We appreciate that Mr. Stratton is willing to serve as interim disciplinary administrator and provide oversight of day-to-day operations ...

09/03/2021
25th Judicial District Nominating Commission announces interview schedule for judge vacancy

TOPEKA—The 25th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene at 9 a.m. Wednesday, September 8, to interview five nominees to fill a district judge vacancy created by ...

09/03/2021
9th Judicial District Nominating Commission announces interview schedule for judge vacancy

TOPEKA—The 9th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene at 9 a.m. Friday, September 10, to interview four nominees to fill a district judge vacancy created by Chief ...

09/02/2021
Supreme Court docket in September will be by videoconference

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court announced today it will conduct its September docket by videoconference despite earlier plans that it would be in person.

The court had announced August 9 it would resume in-person oral arguments beginning with its September 13–17 docket. Today, Chief Justice Marla Luckert mentioned the ...

09/01/2021
Supreme Court appoints four, reappoints eight to eCourt Steering Committee

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

The new centralized case management system will allow all district and appellate case ...

08/31/2021
Kansas Supreme Court reappoints Patrick McAnany to Judicial Ethics Advisory Panel

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court reappointed retired Judge Patrick McAnany, formerly of the Kansas Court of Appeals, to a four-year term on the Judicial Ethics Advisory ...

08/30/2021
Five apply to fill judge vacancy in the 25th Judicial District

TOPEKA—The 25th Judicial District Nominating Commission reports that five people applied to fill a district judge vacancy created by Chief Judge Robert Frederick’s January 22, 2022 ...

08/30/2021
9th Judicial District Nominating Commission to meet September 2

UPDATE: The nominating commission will meet by Zoom videoconference livestreamed on Youtube. 

TOPEKA—The 9th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene by ...

08/27/2021
Four apply to fill judge vacancy in the 9th Judicial District

TOPEKA—The 9th Judicial District Nominating Commission reports that four people applied to fill a district judge vacancy that will be created when Judge Joe Dickinson retires September 18. ...

08/27/2021
Seven apply to fill a judge vacancy in the 11th Judicial District

TOPEKA—The 11th Judicial District Nominating Commission reports that seven people applied to fill a district judge vacancy created by Judge Oliver Kent Lynch’s August 1 retirement. 

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

Who applied:

  • ...

08/27/2021
Kansas Supreme Court appoints Penny Moylan to Judicial Education Advisory Committee.

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court appointed District Judge Penny Moylan to the

08/27/2021
Supreme Court reappoints Judge Sally Pokorny to Judges Assistance Committee

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court reappointed District Judge Sally Pokorny to a four-year term on the Judges Assistance Committee.

Her term ...

08/23/2021
12th Judicial District Nominating Committee seeks nominees for district magistrate judge vacancy

TOPEKA—The 12th Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking nominations to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Lincoln County created when Judge ...

08/23/2021
Couples who need marriage licenses in September should apply for them now

TOPEKA—Kansas courts are telling couples who need a marriage license in September to apply for them now.

The usual advice courts give to couples is to allow two weeks from the time the application is filed for the license to be delivered. But a database courts use to process licenses will be offline for a week in September ...

08/18/2021
8th Judicial District Nominating Committee sends the names of nominees for two district judges to Governor

TOPEKA—The 8th Judicial District Nominating Commission has sent the names of nominees for two district judge vacancies to Gov. Laura Kelly, who has 60 days to decide who will fill the vacancies.

08/18/2021
District Magistrate judge Brian Grace to retire after 18 years of service

TOPEKA— District Magistrate judge Brian Grace will retire October 1 from the 12th Judicial District after serving 18 years as a magistrate judge.

08/17/2021
12th Judicial District Nominating Commission to meet August 20

TOPEKA—The 12th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene by telephone conference at 1:30 p.m. Friday, August 20, to discuss the nomination process to fill a district ...

08/16/2021
Chief Judge Joe Dickinson to retire after 19 years of service

TOPEKA— Chief Judge Joe Dickinson will retire September 17th from the 9th Judicial District after serving 19 years as a judge, including seven years as ...

08/13/2021
8th Judicial District Nominating Commission announces interview schedule for judge vacancies

TOPEKA—The 8th Judicial Nominating Commission will convene August 18 to interview 12 nominees to fill two district judge vacancies.

The vacancies are due to two retirements. ...

08/12/2021
Jacy Hurst to be sworn in as Kansas Court of Appeals judge August 13

Judge Jacy HurstTOPEKA—Jacy Hurst will be sworn in as judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals at ...

08/09/2021
Kansas Supreme Court to return to in-person oral arguments in September

TOPEKA— The Kansas Supreme Court plans to resume in-person oral arguments for its September 13-17 docket.

The Kansas court was among the first supreme courts nationwide to use videoconferencing technology for its oral ...

08/05/2021
Marilyn Wilder named chief judge in the 9th Judicial District

Marilyn WilderTOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court has appointed District Judge Marilyn Wilder to serve as chief judge of the 9th Judicial District from ...

08/05/2021
Benjamin Sexton named chief judge in the 8th Judicial District

Benjamin SextonTOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court has appointed District Judge Benjamin Sexton to serve as chief judge of the 8th Judicial District from ...

07/29/2021
9th Judicial District Nominating Commission seeks nominees for district judge vacancy

TOPEKA—The 9th Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking nominations to fill a district judge vacancy created when Judge Joe Dickinson retires September 18.
 
The

07/29/2021
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 created when Judge Robert Frederick retires January 22, 2022.

The

07/28/2021
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 created when Judge Oliver Kent Lynch retires August 1, 2021.
 
The 11th ...

07/28/2021
UPDATED: 9th Judicial District Nominating Commission to meet July 28

Commission will discuss process to fill district judge vacancy

TOPEKA—The 9th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene by Zoom videoconference at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 28, to ...

07/26/2021
9th Judicial District Nominating Commission to meet July 28

TOPEKA—The 9th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene by Zoom videoconference at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 28, to discuss the nomination process to fill a district judge vacancy. 

The ...

07/23/2021
11th Judicial District Nominating Commission to meet July 27

Commission will discuss process to fill district judge vacancy

TOPEKA—The 11th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene by telephone conference at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, to discuss the nomination process to fill a district judge vacancy.

The vacancy is created by Judge ...

07/22/2021
Lori Bolton Fleming named chief judge in 11th Judicial District

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court has appointed District Judge Lori Bolton Fleming to ...

07/22/2021
Judge Oliver Kent Lynch to retire after serving 16 years in 11th Judicial District

TOPEKA—Judge Oliver Kent Lynch will retire July 30 from the 11th Judicial ...

07/20/2021
Stan Hazlett to retire after 34 years with attorney discipline office

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07/14/2021
13 apply to fill two judge vacancies in 8th Judicial District

District nominating commission will conduct public interviews August 18

TOPEKA—The 8th Judicial District Nominating Commission reports that 13 people applied to fill two district judge vacancies within the district. 

The vacancies are due to two retirements. Judge Steven Hornbaker, who served in Geary ...

07/01/2021
Chief justice reinstates additional statutory deadlines and time limitations beginning August 2

TOPEKA—Chief Justice Marla Luckert today signed an order that reinstates additional statutory deadlines and time limitations for court proceedings beginning August 2.

"Kansas courts continue to hear many cases by videoconference, and public health trends are reassuring that courts can conduct required in-person proceedings ...

06/15/2021
8th Judicial District Nominating Commission seeks nominees for two district judge vacancies

TOPEKA—The 8th Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking nominations to fill two district judge vacancies.
 
Judge Steven Hornbaker, who served in Geary County, retired June 1. Chief ...

06/14/2021
Supreme Court appoints three to Municipal Court Clerks Education Committee

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court appointed Bettina Jamerson and Bre Walker to three-year terms on the Municipal Court Clerks Education Committee.

Jamerson is court administrator for the city of Shawnee.

Walker is court clerk for the city of Mulvane.

The court also reappointed Christina Lucas, court clerk for ...

06/14/2021
Supreme Court appoints three to Municipal Court Judges Education Committee

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court appointed Judge Jennifer Jones to an unexpired term on the Municipal Court Judges Education Committee.

She is municipal judge for the city of Wichita and will serve until June 30, 2022. She succeeds Judge Ted Griffith, municipal judge for the city of Wichita.

The court reappointed Judge ...

06/14/2021
Supreme Court reappoints Judge Richard Walker to Kansas Guardianship Program board

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court reappointed Senior Judge Richard Walker to a four-year term on the board of directors of the Kansas Guardianship Program.

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06/14/2021
Chief Judge Michael Powers to retire August 20

TOPEKA—Chief Judge Michael Powers of the 8th Judicial District will retire August 20 after 31 years of service.

Powers became a judge in 1991 ...

06/14/2021
Supreme Court appoints members to Kansas Board of Examiners of Court Reporters

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court appointed Chief Judge Steven Johnson and reappointed three other members to the Kansas Board of Examiners of Court Reporters.

Johnson serves in the 20th Judicial District, composed of Barton, Ellsworth, Rice, Russell, and Stafford counties. He ...

06/10/2021
Supreme Court reappoints lawyer to Admissions Review Committee

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court reappointed Sherri Loveland to a three-year term on the Admissions Review Committee.

Loveland will serve a term that begins July 1 and ends June 30, 2024. She is a lawyer at Stevens & Brand in Lawrence.

To receive a license to practice law in Kansas, an applicant must be mentally and ...

06/09/2021
8th Judicial District Nominating Commission to convene June 11

TOPEKA—The 8th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene by telephone conference at 12:30 p.m. Friday, June 11, to discuss the nomination process to fill two district judge vacancies.
  ...

06/02/2021
Supreme Court reappoints two lawyers to Client Protection Fund Commission

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court reappointed Christopher Sook, Hays, and David Trevino, Lawrence, to three-year terms on the Client Protection Fund Commission.

Both are lawyers. Their terms begin July 1 and end June 30, 2024.

The Lawyers Fund for Client Protection, which the commission oversees, compensates people who ...

06/02/2021
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 three others.

Kristen Powell, Wichita, was appointed to a four-year term to begin July 1 and end June 30, 2025. She succeeds Daniel Martin, Topeka, whose term expires June 30.

Caitlyn Eakin, Great ...

06/01/2021
Supreme Court reappoints 11 members to Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court reappointed 11 members to the Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys.

They will serve four-year terms beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2025.

Reappointed were:

  • Gregory Bauer, Great Bend;

  • Jeffrey Chubb, Independence;

  • ...

05/28/2021
Kansas Judicial Center to reopen to public June 1

TOPEKA—The Kansas Judicial Center will reopen to the public Tuesday, June 1.

The Judicial Center, 301 SW 10th Ave., has been open by appointment only. Beginning Tuesday, it will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Visitors must follow minimum standard health protocols to avoid exposing court ...

05/28/2021
Supreme Court appoints four to Kansas Continuing Legal Education Board

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court appointed four members to the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Board.

Joslyn Kusiak, a lawyer at Kelly & Kusiak Law Office in Independence, was reappointed to a three-year term beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2024.

New to the board are Jean Menager and District Judge Andrew ...

05/28/2021
A few suspensions of statutory time requirements in Administrative Order 2021-PR-020 still in effect

TOPEKA—Chief Justice Marla Luckert announced today that a few suspensions involving statutory time requirements for court proceedings that were included in an order she signed in March remain in effect.

Luckert made the announcement after learning the Legislative Coordinating Council voted today to extend the state of disaster ...

05/28/2021
Supreme Court reappoints three members to Kansas Commission on Judicial Conduct

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court reappointed three members to the Kansas Commission on Judicial Conduct.

Reappointed were:

  • Chief Judge Bradley Ambrosier, Elkhart, who serves in the 26th Judicial District, composed of Grant, Haskell, Morton, Seward ...

05/27/2021
Supreme Court appoints law professor to Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program Board

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court appointed Janet Thompson Jackson to the Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program Board.

Jackson, Topeka, is a professor of law and directs the Small Business and Nonprofit Law Clinic at Washburn University School of Law. She also is a certified wellness coach. She will serve a four-year term on the board ...

05/27/2021
Chief justice appoints members to Kansas Judicial Council

TOPEKA—Chief Justice Marla Luckert appointed Chief Judge Patricia Macke Dick to a four-year term on the Kansas Judicial Council and ...

05/24/2021
Supreme Court issues updated COVID-19 policies and procedures

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court today issued an administrative order, guidance documents, and personnel policies related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"Over the last year, Kansas courts continued to serve their communities either in person following statewide safety protocols, or remotely through video hearings and online ...

05/21/2021
Election results for chair, 4th District lawyer representative for Supreme Court Nominating Commission

TOPEKA—Kansas lawyers recently voted to elect the chair and a representative from the 4th Congressional District to serve on the Supreme Court Nominating Commission.

The canvassers appointed to certify the election results announced

05/21/2021
Chief Judge Steve Johnson to sit with Kansas Supreme Court May 28

TOPEKA—Chief Judge Steve Johnson of the 20th Judicial District will sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to hear and help decide one case on the court' ...

05/20/2021
District Judges John Bosch, Keven O’Grady to sit with Kansas Supreme Court May 28

TOPEKA—District Judge John Bosch of Riley County and District Judge Keven O'Grady of Johnson County will sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to hear and help decide one case on the court's May 28 docket that will take place by videoconference.

"The Supreme Court looks forward to Judge Bosch and Judge O'Grady ...

05/19/2021
District Judge Kathleen Lynch to sit with Kansas Supreme Court May 25

TOPEKA—District Judge Kathleen Lynch of the 29th Judicial District will sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to hear and help decide one case on the ...

05/07/2021
Chief justice issues statement on judicial branch funding

Luckert says budget enhancement will transform court operations by addressing longstanding funding concerns.

TOPEKA—Chief Justice Marla Luckert issued the following statement today on learning the Kansas Legislature adopted 2021 Senate Bill 159

05/05/2021
Supreme Court appoints two lawyers to Ad Hoc Virtual Court Proceedings Committee

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court appointed two new members to the Ad Hoc Virtual Court Proceedings Committee.

Christopher Joseph, a Topeka lawyer, replaces Shannon Rush, a former district magistrate judge.

Angela Meyer, a Pittsburg lawyer, is an additional member of the committee.

The Supreme Court established ...

05/03/2021
District Judge Steven Hornbaker to retire June 1

TOPEKA—District Judge Steven Hornbaker of the 8th Judicial District will retire June 1 after more than 21 years of service.

Hornbaker was ...

04/30/2021
District Magistrate Judge Marty Clark to retire May 1

TOPEKA—District Magistrate Judge Marty Clark, who serves in Russell County, will retire May 1 after 23 years of service.

Clark has been a ...

04/29/2021
New attorneys to take state oath April 30

TOPEKA—Applicants who successfully passed the Kansas bar examination in February will be sworn in as Kansas attorneys Friday, April 30.

Chief Justice Marla Luckert of the Supreme Court and Chief Judge Julie Robinson of the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, congratulated the news attorneys by video message.

These ...

04/28/2021
Lesley Ann Isherwood to be sworn in as Court of Appeals judge April 30

TOPEKA– Lesley Ann Isherwood of Wichita will be sworn in as a judge on the Kansas Court of Appeals at 2 p.m. Friday, April 30.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on the Court of Appeals YouTube channel

04/22/2021
Supreme Court appoints two members to Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court appointed two members to complete unexpired terms on the Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys.

Rebecca Faurot, Scott City, will complete the unexpired term of Stanley DeFries, Topeka. She will serve through June 30.

Thomas Hammond II, Overland Park, will complete the unexpired term of ...

04/22/2021
New Supreme Court committee studies how records are made of court proceedings

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court has created the Ad Hoc Court Record Committee to review and analyze how records are made of court proceedings and offer recommendations for changes.

Most district courts use both official court reporters and electronic recordings to preserve records of court proceedings, although some courts use ...

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 ...

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 of Judicial Administration.

The ...

04/14/2021
Supreme Court announces new judicial administrator

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 protection from abuse ...

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 is district court information services manager in the ...

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 education for anyone serving as a guardian ad litem—a ...

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 ...

03/15/2021
Supreme Court appoints Judge Kevin Kimball to District Magistrate Judges Certification Committee

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court appointed District Magistrate Judge Kevin Kimball to the District Magistrate Judges Certification Committee.

He ...

03/12/2021
25th Judicial District Nominating Commission sends names of three nominees for judge to governor

TOPEKA—The 25th 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 Judge Ricklin ...

03/11/2021
4th Judicial District Nominating Commission announces interview schedule for magistrate judge vacancy

TOPEKA—The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene April 6 to interview three nominees to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Osage County created by Judge Shannon Rush's February 1 ...

03/05/2021
4th Judicial District Nominating Commission to interview nominees for judge vacancy in Osage County

TOPEKA—The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene April 6 to interview nominees to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Osage County created by Judge Shannon Rush's February 1 ...

02/26/2021
​Chief justice announces plan to reinstate most time limitations and deadlines for court proceedings

TOPEKA—Chief Justice Marla Luckert said today she will reinstate most statutes of limitation and statutory time standards or deadlines that apply to judicial proceedings on April 15, 2021. Under legislation passed in 2020, during a state of disaster emergency the chief justice has authority to suspend deadlines or time limitations ...

02/24/2021
Amy Fellows Cline to be sworn in as Kansas Court of Appeals judge February 26

TOPEKA—Amy Fellows Cline will be sworn in as a judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals at 11 a.m. Friday, February 26.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on the

02/23/2021
13th Judicial District to join centralized case management system later than February

TOPEKA—The judicial branch announced today it will reschedule plans to bring courts in the 13th Judicial District onto a new centralized case management system in February.

The Office of Judicial Administration is overseeing the project. It did not give a new date for ...

02/23/2021
25th Judicial District Nominating Commission to interview nominees for Finney County judge vacancy

TOPEKA—The 25th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene March 12 to interview six nominees to fill a district judge vacancy in Finney County created by Judge Ricklin Pierce's January 13 ...

02/18/2021
Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program executive director to present two sessions at national conference

TOPEKA—Danielle Hall believes that for some lawyers, the stress of managing a law practice can lead to substance abuse, mental health issues, or violations of rules that guide ethical lawyer conduct.

02/04/2021
4th Judicial District Nominating Commission seeks nominees for judge vacancy in Osage County

TOPEKA—The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking nominations to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Osage County created by Judge Shannon Rush's February 1 resignation.

01/29/2021
State judicial administrator to retire April 16

TOPEKA—Nancy Dixon, who has served as judicial administrator under the Kansas Supreme Court since 2011, announced today she will retire April 16.

The ...

01/27/2021
Chief Justice Marla Luckert delivers State of the Judiciary address by video

TOPEKA—Chief Justice Marla Luckert today delivered her State of the Judiciary address by

01/26/2021
Chief justice issues order continuing suspension of time standards, deadlines

TOPEKA—Chief Justice Marla Luckert issued a new administrative order today continuing to suspend statutes of limitation, statutory time standards, deadlines, and time limitations started under earlier orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Luckert's action to issue 

01/22/2021
Jason Cohorst selected for district magistrate judge vacancy in Washington County

TOPEKA—The 12th Judicial District Nominating Commission has selected Jason Cohorst of Hanover to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Washington County.

The commission conducted public ...

01/22/2021
25th Judicial District Nominating Commission seeks nominees for Finney County judge vacancy

TOPEKA—The 25th Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking nominations to fill a district judge vacancy in Finney County created by Judge Ricklin Pierce's January 13 retirement.

The 25th ...

01/21/2021
Dickinson County District Court offices to close for temporary relocation

TOPEKA—Dickinson County District Court offices will be closed Monday, February 1, through Wednesday, February 3, while they are moved to a temporary location to allow for the renovation of the Dickinson County Courthouse.

During the three-day closure, court staff can be contacted at dkcdc@8thjd ...

01/20/2021
District Magistrate Judge Shelley Selfridge of Lane County retired January 11

TOPEKA—District Magistrate Judge Shelley Selfridge retired January 11 after serving 24 years in Lane County.

Selfridge was elected judge ...

01/19/2021
District Magistrate Judge Vernon Butt of Stanton County retired January 11

TOPEKA— District Magistrate Judge Vernon Butt of Stanton County retired January 11 after 16 years of service.

Butt was elected judge in 2004 ...

01/18/2021
Chief justice closes Kansas Judicial Center Tuesday and Wednesday

TOPEKA—Chief Justice Marla Luckert announced that the Kansas Judicial Center will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, January 19 and January 20, consistent with actions taken by the governor to close buildings in the Capitol Complex used by the executive branch of state government.

“This action is to ensure the safety and ...

01/15/2021
12th Judicial District Nominating Commission announces interview schedule for magistrate judge vacancy

TOPEKA—The 12th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene by videoconference January 22 to interview nominees to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Washington County created by Judge Paul ...

01/15/2021
Supreme Court accepting public comment on rule amendments affecting Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court is accepting public comment on amendments to a rule governing the Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program.

Comments may be made by email to scrulespubliccomment@kscourts.org until noon February 15 ...

01/13/2021
Ellen Neufeld selected for district magistrate judge vacancy in McPherson County

TOPEKA—The 9th Judicial District Nominating Commission has selected Ellen Neufeld to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in McPherson County.

The commission conducted public interviews of ...

01/11/2021
District Magistrate Judge Paul Monty to retire after 14 years of service

TOPEKA—District Magistrate Judge Paul Monty will retire January 11 after serving 14 years in Washington County.

He was appointed judge in the ...

01/08/2021
Chief justice continues suspension of deadlines, time limitations

TOPEKA—Chief Justice Marla Luckert issued a new administrative order today continuing to suspend statutes of limitation, statutory time standards, deadlines, and time limitations started under earlier orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Luckert's action to issue 

01/07/2021
District Judge Timothy Chambers of Reno County to retire

TOPEKA—District Judge Timothy Chambers will retire January 11 after serving in the 27th Judicial District since 2001.

Chambers was elected ...

01/07/2021
Supreme Court appoints new member to Kansas Board of Law Examiners

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court appointed Judge David Bruns to complete an unexpired term on the Kansas Board of Law Examiners.

Bruns has served on the Kansas Court of Appeals since 2011. He succeeds Melissa Taylor Standridge, who was appointed a Kansas Supreme Court ...

01/04/2021
Chief Justice Marla Luckert will deliver State of the Judiciary address by video

TOPEKA—Chief Justice Marla Luckert today announced she will deliver the State of the Judiciary address by video to protect the safety and well-being of ...