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State of Kansas

Methods of Judicial Selection: Kansas

Removal of Judges

Kansas judges may be removed in one of three ways:
  • Judges may be removed by impeachment and conviction, as prescribed in Article 2 of the Kansas Constitution.

  • Judges of the court of appeals and district court may be removed by the supreme court on the recommendation of the commission on judicial qualifications. The commission on judicial qualifications is authorized to investigate allegations of misconduct and to recommend a formal hearing. If the charges are proven by clear and convincing evidence, the commission may admonish the judge, issue a cease-and-desist order, or recommend to the supreme court public censure, suspension, removal, or compulsory retirement of the judge.

  • Supreme court justices are subject to retirement upon certification to the governor (after a hearing by the supreme court nominating commission) that the justice is so incapacitated as to be unable to perform his duties.