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News releases about the courts from the Office of Judicial Administration.

9th Judicial District Nominating Commission to meet February 7

Published: 02/01/2023

TOPEKA—The 9th Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet by videoconference at noon Tuesday, February 7, to set the schedule for filling a district magistrate judge vacancy created by Judge Ellen Neufeld's March 20 retirement.

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Supreme Court appoints three to District Magistrate Judges Certification Committee

Published: 01/31/2023

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court appointed three new members to the District Magistrate Judges Certification Committee.

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Senior judge recognized for judicial excellence

Published: 01/31/2023

TOPEKA—The Kansas District Judges Association presented its Award for Judicial Excellence to Senior Judge Merlin Wheeler during a statewide conference for judges.

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28th Judicial District Nominating Commission seeks nominees to fill district magistrate judge vacancy

Published: 01/27/2023

TOPEKA—The 28th Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking nominations to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Ottawa County created by Judge Jason Parks' March 3 resignation.

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21st Judicial District Nominating Commission amends interview schedule for district magistrate judge vacancy

Published: 01/24/2023

TOPEKA—The 21st Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene at 9 a.m. Tuesday, February 7, to interview nominees to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Riley County created by Judge James Kepple's November 28 retirement.

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28th Judicial District Nominating Commission to meet January 26

Published: 01/23/2023

TOPEKA—The 28th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene by telephone conference at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 26, to discuss the schedule for filling a district magistrate judge vacancy created by Judge Jason Parks' March 3 resignation.

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21st Judicial District Nominating Commission announces interview schedule for district magistrate judge vacancy

Published: 01/20/2023

TOPEKA—The 21st Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene at 9 a.m. Tuesday, February 7, to interview nominees to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Riley County created by Judge James Kepple's November 28 retirement.

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1st Judicial District Nominating Commission sends names of three nominees for district judge to governor

Published: 01/19/2023

TOPEKA—The 1st 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 position.

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1st Judicial District Nominating Commission announces interview schedule for district judge vacancy

Published: 01/17/2023

TOPEKA—The 1st Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 18, to interview nominees for a district judge vacancy created by Chief Judge David King's January 1 retirement.

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Chief Justice Marla Luckert delivers annual State of the Judiciary report

Published: 01/13/2023

TOPEKA—Chief Justice Marla Luckert has delivered her written State of the Judiciary report to the governor, chairs of the House and Senates judiciary committees, and all members of the Kansas Legislature.

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21st Judicial District Nominating Commission to interview nominees for district magistrate judge position

Published: 01/10/2023

TOPEKA—The 21st Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene at 9 a.m. Tuesday, February 7, to interview nominees to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Riley County created by Judge James Kepple's November 28 retirement.

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25th Judicial District Nominating Commission seeks nominees to fill district magistrate judge vacancy

Published: 01/09/2023

TOPEKA—The 25th Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking nominations to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Scott County created by Judge Edward Frock's January 2 resignation.

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1st Judicial District Nominating Commission to meet January 11

Published: 01/06/2023

TOPEKA—The 1st Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene by telephone conference at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 11, to review applicants for a district judge vacancy created by Chief Judge David King's January 1 retirement.

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John Weingart named chief judge of 22nd Judicial District

Published: 01/04/2023

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court has appointed District Judge John Weingart to serve as chief judge of the 22nd Judicial District from January 8 through December 31, 2023.

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Joan Lowdon named chief judge of 1st Judicial District

Published: 01/04/2023

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court has appointed District Judge Joan Lowdon to serve as chief judge of the 1st Judicial District from January 1 through December 31, 2023.

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Chief justice to give State of the Kansas Judiciary address January 11

Published: 12/30/2022

TOPEKA—Chief Justice Marla Luckert will give her 2023 State of the Kansas Judiciary address to a joint session of the Legislature at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 11, in the House chamber of the Statehouse.

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Supreme Court adopts new plan to expand access to justice for those with limited English proficiency

Published: 12/30/2022

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court has adopted a new plan to expand access to justice for court users with limited English proficiency.

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Kansas Judicial Center closed Thursday and Friday due to adverse weather

Published: 12/21/2022

TOPEKA—The Kansas Judicial Center will be closed Thursday and Friday, December 22-23, due to adverse weather.

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Supreme Court issues new administrative order, updated personnel policies related to COVID-19

Published: 12/21/2022

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court yesterday issued an administrative order and pandemic and district and appellate court operations.

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District Magistrate Judge Richard Hodson to retire

Published: 12/16/2022

TOPEKA—District Magistrate Judge Richard Hodson will retire December 16 after serving 17 years in the 25th Judicial District.

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Johnson County district magistrate judge receives statewide award

Published: 12/14/2022

TOPEKA—District Magistrate Judge Jenifer Ashford of Johnson County received the Lee Nusser Award for Outstanding Magistrate Judge of 2022.

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Supreme Court accepting public comment on proposed rule relating to municipal court reporting

Published: 12/14/2022

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court is accepting public comment on a proposed rule that would require municipal courts to provide information and submit reports to either the Supreme Court or the judicial administrator.

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1st Judicial District Nominating Commission seeks nominees for district judge vacancy

Published: 12/13/2022

TOPEKA—The 1st Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene January 18 and 19 to interview nominees to fill a district judge vacancy created when Chief Judge David King retires January 1.

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Kansas District Magistrate Judges Association elects 2022-2023 officers

Published: 12/12/2022

TOPEKA—District Magistrate Judge Brendon Boone was elected president of the Kansas District Magistrate Judges Association.

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Kansas District Judges Association elects 2022-2023 officers

Published: 12/12/2022

TOPEKA—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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Joseph Uhlman selected for magistrate judge vacancy in Harvey County

Published: 12/09/2022

TOPEKA—The 9th Judicial District Nominating Commission has selected Joseph Uhlman to fill a magistrate judge vacancy in Harvey County.

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Darrell Walters selected for magistrate judge vacancy in Kearny County

Published: 12/09/2022

TOPEKA—The 25th Judicial District Nominating Commission has selected Darrell Walters to fill a magistrate judge vacancy in Kearny County.

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Supreme Court announces change to December 12 and 13 docket

Published: 12/09/2022

Topeka—The Supreme Court changed the order cases will be heard Monday, December 12, and Tuesday, December 13, in an updated docket published today.

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1st Judicial District Nominating Commission to meet December 9

Published: 12/07/2022

TOPEKA—The 1st Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene by telephone conference at 1 p.m. Friday, December 9, to set the schedule for filling a district judge vacancy.

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10th Judicial District Nominating Commission selects two for magistrate judge, sends names of three nominees for district judge to governor

Published: 12/07/2022

TOPEKA—The 10th Judicial District Nominating Commission made two appointments to fill two district magistrate judge positions and sent the names of three nominees for one district judge vacancy to Gov. Laura Kelly, who has 60 days to decide whom to appoint.

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21st Judicial District Nominating Commission seeks nominees to fill district magistrate judge vacancy

Published: 12/05/2022

TOPEKA—The 21st Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking nominations to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Riley County created by Judge James Kepple's November 28 retirement.

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25th Judicial District Nominating Commission announces interview schedule for district magistrate vacancy

Published: 12/02/2022

TOPEKA—The 25th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene by videoconference at 10 a.m. CST Friday, December 9, to interview a nominee for a district magistrate judge vacancy created by Judge Richard Hodson's December 16 retirement.

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Kansas judicial branch publishes temporary website

Published: 12/02/2022

TOPEKA—The Kansas judicial branch has published a temporary website to share current information until its full website is brought back online.

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New committee to examine unmet legal needs in rural Kansas

Published: 12/01/2022

TOPEKA—Chief Justice Marla Luckert today signed an order creating the Kansas Rural Justice Initiative Committee to examine unmet legal needs in rural Kansas related to a shrinking number of attorneys living and working in rural areas.

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Four judicial districts and appellate courts to transition to Kansas eCourt in 2023

Published: 11/02/2022

TOPEKA—The Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and trial courts in four judicial districts serving some of the state's most populous urban areas will transition to the new Kansas eCourt case management system in 2023. The Office of Judicial Administration released an updated r...

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Kansas district judge receives national award for sustained justice system improvement

Published: 08/02/2022

TOPEKA—District Judge Keven M.P. O'Grady of the 10th Judicial District was recognized for his many contributions to justice system improvement when he was given the 2022 Mary C. McQueen Award at a national conference last week.

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Supreme Court to conduct special evening session in Parsons

Published: 03/01/2022

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court will conduct a special evening session October 3 in Parsons as part of its ongoing outreach to familiarize Kansans with the high court, its work, and the overall role of ...

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