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State of Kansas

Methods of Judicial Selection: Kansas

Retention Evaluation Programs

In 2006, the Kansas legislature established the commission on judicial performance. The commission consists of seven lawyer members and six nonlawyer members appointed by the Kansas Judicial Council. Beginning in 2008, the commission conducts evaluations of all Kansas judges and provides judges with the results in order to promote self-improvement. For judges who are standing for retention during the years they are evaluated, the results of the evaluation and a recommendation regarding retention are made public. Click here for the 2010 judicial performance evaluations.

Effective July 1, 2011, the Kansas legislature eliminated the funding for the Commission on Judicial Performance. Without funding, the Judicial Council temporarily discontinued the Commission's judicial evaluation program. The Council will seek to have funding restored during the 2012 Legislative Session.

Click here to view the commission's rules.