Supreme Court accepting comment on proposed rule to require preserving judicial nominating commission records
State of Kansas
Office of Judicial Administration
Kansas Judicial Center
301 SW 10th
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1507
NEWS RELEASE December 1, 2016
Kansas Supreme Court is accepting comment on rules it adopted to implement provisions of Senate Bill 334
TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court is accepting public comment on a proposed rule that will require all judicial nominating commissions to preserve records relating to selecting Supreme Court justices, district judges and district magistrate judges.
As proposed, Rule 1102 requires that all records relating to a nominating commission's selection of nominees, or the appointment of a district magistrate judge, be retained for at least three years after the commission's decision. The minutes of a judicial nominating commission must be retained indefinitely.
The purpose of the rule is to preserve documentation in case a nominating commission's selection of judicial nominees or a district magistrate judge is later challenged in a legal proceeding. The rule also appoints separate Kansas open records custodians for judicial district and Supreme Court nominating commissions.
If proposed Rule 1102 is adopted by the Kansas Supreme Court, Rule 1101 will be amended to accommodate provisions in proposed Rule 1102. The amendments to Rule 1101 are also open for public comment.
Proposed rule 1102 and proposed amended rule 1101 are available on the Kansas judicial branch website at www.kscourts.org under What's New.
The Kansas Constitution provides that whenever a vacancy occurs on the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court Nominating Commission is convened to interview candidates and nominate three of them for the governor to consider. The governor then appoints one of these individuals to serve on the Supreme Court.
The Constitution and statutes provide that when a vacancy occurs in a judicial district that has adopted the merit selection process, the nominating commission for that district interviews candidates and, in the case of a district judge vacancy, nominates three to five persons for the governor to consider. The governor then appoints one of these individuals to serve as a district judge. In the case of a district magistrate judge vacancy, the nominating commission selects the person who will fill the vacancy.
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The Wyandotte County Bar Association and Wyandotte County Bar Foundation are sponsoring a major undertaking to archive the history of the Wyandotte County Bar Association, its members and our judiciary. This also includes contributions from the National Bar Association and the Women’s Auxiliary.
We need your pictures of bar members, events, newspaper clippings or other historic documents that can be scanned, preserved and sorted into collections. We have retained the services of a professional archivist to assist with this project.
Please bring your materials to the Wyandotte County Law Library. Debbie Dercher, law librarian, will take care of your materials and we will scan the items. If we wish the photo, newspaper article or other artifact returned, please let Debbie know. Please do not write on the back of any photos or articles, but use a “sticky” note to identify individuals, dates and events. Or, you may use the archival products that will be made available to you for identification at the Law Library.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Karen Shelor (913) 789-7477, Debbie Dercher (913) 573-2899, or Pearl King (913) 948-0401.
We will also be selecting and using 200 pictures along with an oral history presentation for our November Bar Association meeting.
KANSAS CITY, Kansas (June 8, 2016): Chief Judge J. Thomas Marten has announced his intention to take senior status and to step down as Chief Judge of the District of Kansas, effective April 30, 2017.
President Clinton named Judge Marten to fill a vacancy created by the departure of Judge Patrick Kelly in Wichita in October 1995; the Senate confirmed the appointment in January 1996. He became the district’s Chief Judge in April 2014.
His successor will be appointed by the President of the United States, subject to confirmation by the United States Senate. As the judges have no role in the appointment process, any person interested in applying for the judicial position should direct his or her inquiry to the White House, our senators and congresspersons or leaders of the political parties.
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TOPEKA—State courts are one step closer in their transition to a centralized electronic court environment with the Supreme Court’s launch of its Kansas eCourt project today.
The eCourt project will focus on merging electronic document filing already used in most Kansas courts with a centralized case management system, uniting all court case information and business processes on a single platform.
“Courts have used technology to improve day-to-day business operations, but it has been at a district or county level, essentially creating standalone digital environments,” said Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss. “This initiative to centralize most of our court records and processes will allow us to share information across district and county lines, where we can make the most effective use of our limited staff and fiscal resources. It also strengthens the unification of our state’s courts the people of Kansas asked for in their constitution more than 40 years ago.”
The Wyandotte County Bar Foundation is proud to announce that it will sponsor two candidates to attend the up-coming Leadership 2000 class.
Candidates may be attorneys, courthouse personnel or anyone who is involved in the administration of justice in Wyandotte County.
For information about Leadership 2000 and an application for this year's class, go to www.leadershipwyco.com.
To apply for a Bar Foundation sponsorship, please contact Denise Tomasic, 913-371-5750, or Ruth Benien, 913-621-7100.
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