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Selection to the Kansas Supreme Court

38 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2008 Last revised: 24 Jan 2009

Stephen J. Ware

University of Kansas - School of Law

Date Written: December 12, 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.

Keywords: judges, courts

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1315493 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1315493

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