09/09/2020
Chief Judge Grant Bannister to sit with Kansas Supreme Court September 15

TOPEKA—Chief Judge Grant Bannister of the 21st Judicial District has been appointed to sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in one case on the court's September 14-18 docket conducted entirely by videoconference. Oral arguments will be livestreamed on ...

09/09/2020
Supreme Court Nominating Commission to interview 11 applicants October 5

TOPEKA—The Supreme Court Nominating Commission will convene October 5 to interview applicants to fill a vacancy on the Kansas Supreme Court created by Justice Carol Beier's September 18 retirement . The commission will convene at 8 a.m. Monday, October 5, in a meeting roo...

09/08/2020
District Judge Eric Commer to sit with Kansas Supreme Court September 14

TOPEKA—District Judge Eric Commer of the 18th Judicial District has been appointed to sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in one case on the court's September 14-18 docket conducted entirely by videoconference. Oral arguments will be livestreamed on t...

09/04/2020
Supreme Court issues administrative order and updated guidance for jury proceedings

TOPEKA—Today, the Kansas Supreme Court issued an administrative order giving additional direction to district and appellate court regarding operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Administrative Order 2020-PR-099 amends earlier orders and the court’s Mandates and Guidan...

09/03/2020
District Judge Jeff Elder to sit with Kansas Supreme Court September 18

TOPEKA—District Judge Jeff Elder of the 2nd Judicial District has been appointed to sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in one case on the court's September 14-18 docket conducted entirely by videoconference. Oral arguments will be livestreamed on the...

09/03/2020
Supreme Court accepting comment on amended rule about child in need of care records

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court is accepting public comment on an amended rule making child in need of care cases confidential to prevent public access.  Comment on the proposed amendment may be made by email to publiccomments@kscourts.org until 5 p.m. Thursday, September ...

09/03/2020
Eleven apply for September vacancy on Supreme Court

TOPEKA—Three judges and eight lawyers applied by a noon deadline September 2 to fill a Kansas Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Carol Beier's September 18 retirement . The Supreme Court Nominating Commission will meet by videoconference September 4 to schedule their...

09/01/2020
Margaret 'Peggy' Alford to retire as district magistrate judge in Grant County

TOPEKA—District Magistrate Judge Margaret "Peggy" Alford will retire October 2 after serving 28 years in Grant County. Alford was elected magistrate judge in 1992. In addition to her duties in Grant County, she oversees the child in need of care and juvenile offender docket...

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 15. The nominating commission will convene at 8:15 a.m. Septemb...

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...