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Selection to the Kansas Supreme Court


Stephen J. Ware


University of Kansas - School of Law

December 12, 2008

Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy, Vol. 17, p. 368, 2008

Abstract:     
Kansas is the only state in the union that gives the members of its bar majority control over the selection of state supreme court justices. The bar consequently may have more control over the judiciary in Kansas than in any other state. This process for selecting justices to the Kansas Supreme Court is described by the organized bar as a "merit," rather than political, process. Other observers, however, emphasize that the process has a political side as well. This paper surveys debate about possible reforms to the Kansas Supreme Court selection process. These reforms would reduce the amount of control exercised by the bar and establish a more public system of checks and balances.

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Keywords: judges, courts

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Date posted: December 13, 2008 ; Last revised: January 24, 2009

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Ware, Stephen J., Selection to the Kansas Supreme Court (December 12, 2008). Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy, Vol. 17, p. 368, 2008. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1315493 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1315493

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