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122A - Expanded Access to Electronic Filing

The Kansas Supreme Court is accepting public comment on proposed Rule 122A: Expanded Access to Electronic Filing.

The proposed rule will expand access to the Kansas Courts eFiling system. If adopted, the rule would permit certain nonlawyer, external stakeholders to use Kansas Courts eFiling if the district court is not operating under the Kansas eCourt centralized case management system. Once the district is operating under the Kansas eCourt centralized case management system, using Kansas Courts eFiling would be required.

Comment may be made by email to publiccomments@kscourts.org until 5 p.m. Tuesday, November 30, 2021. The subject line must read "Rule 122A."

Comment Period Closed

712B - Pro Bono or Low-Cost Legal Services Provided by Retired, Inactive, or Single-Employer Attorneys

The Kansas Supreme Court accepted public comment on proposed amendments to Supreme Court Rule 712B. 

Comment closed August 9, 2020. 

106 - Court Records

The Kansas Supreme Court accepted public comment on a proposed amendment to Rule 106: Court Records. The amended rule would add subsection (e) regarding accessibility of child in need of care court records. The new subsection would make all records in a child in need of care case confidential and not publicly available, including the events index. This will allow the child’s complete name to be used throughout the court record without disclosing it to the public.

Comment closed September 17. 

200 through 240 - Rules Relating to Discipline of Attorneys

The Kansas Supreme Court accepted public comment on proposed Rules 200 through 240:  Rules Relating to Discipline of Attorneys.

Proposed changes to Rules Relating to Discipline of Attorneys are extensive and amount to an overhaul of the existing rules, so the changes are not marked with underlining for new text or strikeout for deleted text.

Generally, the rules are restyled and retooled to align with other Supreme Court rules. Other changes increase efficiency, clarify the disciplinary process, and codify existing practices. Many provisions of existing rules relate to varied subjects, and this proposal creates separate rules for each subject. The rules also are reordered to better reflect how a complaint moves through the disciplinary process.

New provisions in the proposed rules include:

  • definitions for greater clarity;

  • new deadlines for the disciplinary administrator and the respondent to promote an efficient hearing process;

  • a clear process for respondents to get subpoenas to compel witnesses to testify at disciplinary hearings;

  • expanded use of depositions in attorney disciplinary cases;

  • a procedure for parties, by agreement, to submit a disciplinary case directly to the Supreme Court and forgo a hearing before the Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys; and

  • a provision that addresses using expert witnesses in disciplinary proceedings.

The proposed changes also move the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct from Rule 226 to Rule 240. There are no changes to the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct other than to move them to Rule 240, so the text is not included for public comment.

Comment closed at noon Tuesday, November 10, 2020.

1705 - Kansas Judicial Branch Court Interpreter Orientation

The Kansas Supreme Court accepted public comment on proposed Rule 1705: Kansas Judicial Branch Court Interpreter. Among other provisions, the rule included a requirement that foreign language court interpreters complete the free online Kansas Judicial Branch Court Interpreter Orientation before providing an interpretation or translation service in a district court, except in the case of an emergency as determined by a judge.

Comment closed October 30, 2020.  

25 - Expanded Access to Kansas eCourt case management system information

The Kansas Supreme Court accepted public comment on proposed Supreme Court Rule 25: Expanded Access to Kansas eCourt case management system information.

The proposed rule would create a framework through which stakeholders could gain expanded access to court case information in the Kansas eCourt case management system. The judicial administrator would manage this expanded access, which could include consulting stakeholders when developing standard operating procedures and methods of access.

Stakeholders can include governmental agencies, including law enforcement, district and county attorneys, contractors who perform work on behalf of a stakeholder, or other groups that require access to court case information,

Comment ended December 9, 2020. 

7.043 - Reference to Certain Persons

The Kansas Supreme Court accepted public comment on a proposed amendment to Supreme Court Rule 7.043: Reference to Certain Persons.

The amendment clarifies how minors are to be referenced in all appellate cases.

Comment closed December 16, 2020. 

501 and 502 - Required Continuing Judicial Education

The Kansas Supreme Court accepted public comment on proposed amendments to Rules 501 and 502: Rules Relating to Required Continuing Judicial Education.

Proposed changes fall into two categories:

  • amendments that will permit part-time judges who serve in the Kansas Legislature to receive a reduction in the number of required general continuing judicial education hours; and

  • amendments that clarify and restyle the rules.

Comment closed December 21, 2020. 

191 - Specialty Court Committee

The Kansas Supreme Court accepted public comment on proposed Supreme Court Rule 191: Specialty Court Committee. The new rule would create a permanent specialty court committee to make recommendations regarding the development and administration of specialty courts in Kansas district courts.

Comment ended Monday, January 4, 2021.

233 - Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program

The Kansas Supreme Court accepted public comment on a proposed amendment to Supreme Court Rule 233: Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program (formerly Rule 206).

Generally, the rule has been restyled and retooled to align with other Supreme Court Rules. Additional amendments clarify processes and reflect existing practices not presently in the rule, such as the process for the KALAP Foundation.

Comment ended noon February 15, 2021.

801 through 811 and 206 - Rules Relating to Continuing Legal Education and Discipline of Attorneys: Attorney Registration

The Kansas Supreme Court accepted public comment on proposed amendments to:

  • Rules 800-811: Rules Relating to Continuing Legal Education; and

  • Rule 206: Rules Relating to Discipline of Attorneys: Attorney Registration.

The amendments are related to ongoing administrative restructuring within the Kansas judicial branch to achieve operational and organizational efficiencies. The changes will not affect the excellent level of service members of the bar have come to expect.

Generally, these rules have been restyled and retooled to align with other Supreme Court Rules.

Additional amendments:

  • combine the annual continuing legal education fee with the annual attorney registration fee so attorneys are able to make one payment instead of two;

  • move provisions related to the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Board to its own rule;

  • delete prior version of Rule 808: Fees; and

  • provide proper cross-references between Rules 800-811 and Rule 206.

Comment closed noon Thursday, March 4, 2021. 

800 through 811 - Rules Relating to Continuing Legal Education

The Kansas Supreme Court accepted public comment on proposed amendments to Rules 800-811: Rules Relating to Continuing Legal Education.

The amendments are related to ongoing administrative restructuring within the Kansas judicial branch to achieve operational and organizational efficiencies. The changes will not affect the excellent level of service members of the bar have come to expect.

Amendments to Rule 800-811 are shown using strikethrough for deletion and underlining for new language. Generally, these rules have been restyled and retooled to align with other Supreme Court Rules.

Additional amendments:

  • revise the categories of programs to make all CLE programs either a prerecorded program, an in-house live program, or a live program;

  • revise the approval process to reflect the changes to the types of CLE programs, including when an application for approval of a CLE program must be submitted;

  • create a new Rule 806 to deal with post-approval requirements, including attendance reporting; and

  • delete the prerecorded program limitation.

Comment closed noon Tuesday, May 11, 2021. 

110B - Rules Relating to District Courts

The Kansas Supreme Court accepted public comment on amendments to Supreme Court Rule 110B: Rules Relating to District Courts, which will be renumbered to become Rule 1802.  

Rule 110B requires court services officers (CSOs) to administer the Level of Service Inventory-Revised (LSI-R), an assessment tool used to determine the risk and needs of an adult placed on probation.

Pursuant to K.S.A. 75-5291, the Kansas Sentencing Commission has selected two new risk and needs assessments to be used starting July 1, 2021—the Level of Service Case Management Inventory for males and the Women’s Risk Needs Assessment for females.

Additionally, amendments to the rule include language regarding risk and needs assessment for juvenile offenders.

Comment ended 5 p.m. Friday, June 4, 2021. 

712B - Pro Bono or Low-Cost Direct Legal Services Provided by Retired, Inactive, or Single-Employer Attorneys

The Kansas Supreme Court accepted public comment on amendments to Supreme Court Rule 712B (which will be renumbered Rule 1404) until August 30, 2021. .
 

700 through 726 - Rules Relating to Admission of Attorneys

The Kansas Supreme Court accepted public comment on proposed amendments to Rules 700 through 726: Rules Relating to Admission of Attorneys.

6.5 - Limited Legal Services Through a Nonprofit or Court Program

The Kansas Supreme Court accepted public comment on proposed Rule 6.5: Limited Legal Services Through a Nonprofit or Court Program until October 22, 2021. 

174 - Forms Required in a Child in Need of Care Proceeding

The Kansas Supreme Court accepted public comment on amendments to Supreme Court Rule 174: Forms Required in a Child in Need of Care Proceeding.

Rule 174 requires certain Kansas Judicial Council forms be used when entering orders in child in need of care cases. Proposed amendments expand the number of forms required to include orders issued in adjudication, disposition, termination of parental rights, and Indian Child Welfare Act proceedings. The amendments would also require certain forms be used when ruling on a child’s placement in a qualified residential treatment program or on requested review of a child’s change of placement.

Comment closed October 28, 2021.

200 through 241 - Proposed Amendments to Supreme Court Rules Between 200 and 241

The Kansas Supreme Court accepted public comments on the following amendments until Nov 10, 2021:

- multiple Rules Relating to Discipline of Attorneys;
- Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct 1.7, 1.8, and 3.1; and
- the Rule Relating to the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection.


The list of rules affected by these amendments include 208, 215, 223, 224, 228, 230, 232, 234, 235, 237, 240, and 241.



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