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State of Kansas

Methods of Judicial Selection: Kansas

Judicial Nominating Commissions

The supreme court nominating commission submits a list of qualified individuals to the governor for supreme court appointments.  The statutes governing the supreme court nominating commission can be found in Chapter 20, Article 1, Section 119 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated (K.S.A.).  The supreme court nominating commission is composed of five lawyer members and four nonlawyer members (one lawyer and one nonlawyer member from each congressional district, and one additional lawyer member who serves as chairperson). Lawyer members are elected by their peers in each congressional district, and nonlawyer members are appointed by the governor. Commission members serve four-year terms.

There are judicial nominating commissions for each judicial district. The statutes governing the district court nominating commissions can be found in Chapter 20, Article 29 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated (K.S.A.):  Nonpartisan Selection of Judges of the District Court.  The size of each commission varies according to the number of counties in the judicial district. However, there must be an equal number of lawyers and nonlawyers on each commission. Lawyer members are elected by their peers in each judicial district, and nonlawyer members are appointed by the board of county commissioners. A supreme court justice or district court judge from another district serves as chairperson. Commissioners serve four-year terms.

For more information, see Judicial Merit Selection: Current Status.

Nominating Commission Costs

  • $100,000 (2007)