Kansas Court of Appeals
|Kansas Court of Appeals|
|Method:||Commission-selection, political appointment|
Court of Appeals judges ordinarily do not conduct trials. They decide appealed cases by reading the record of the trial, reviewing briefs filed by the parties and hearing oral arguments from lawyers. They research and review the law involved in the case, and then write an opinion which is usually published in bound volumes.
The members of the Court of Appeals sit in panels of three, at courts located throughout the state, including the primary courtroom in the Kansas Judicial Center. Each panel typically takes up 30 appeals over a two-day period every month. Decisions of the Court of Appeals are filed weekly, usually on Friday mornings.
Under a process signed into law by Governor Sam Brownback on July 1, 2013, nominees to this court are selected by the Governor of Kansas from a list submitted to him/her by the Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission. The governor's selection is then subject to approval by the Kansas State Senate. Under the previous judicial selection system, the Senate did not vote to approve or disapprove of the governor's selection.
Supporters of the "federal process," including Governor Brownback, claim it encourages more public involvement than the previous process known as the "merit system". However, critics of the new system claim it politicizes the process. They claim the new system makes it more difficult for Democratic governors to have their selections approved by the Senate, where Republicans have historically held the majority.
Critics also object to the lack of transparency in the new process. Although the senate confirmation process is public, the initial selection of a candidate is done privately. The new selection system also does not require the governor to disclose the names of other candidates who submitted an application. Under the old "merit system," interviews of the candidates were open.
Judges serve terms of four years. The mandatory age of retirement for a Court of Appeals judge is 75, but a judge who reaches that age mid-term may serve out the remainder of their term.
|Judge Steve Leben||2007-2016|
|Judge Michael Buser||2005-2014||Gov. Kathleen Sebelius|
|Judge Patrick McAnany||2004-2014||Gov. Kathleen Sebelius|
|Judge Stephen Hill||2003-2014||Gov. Kathleen Sebelius|
|Chief Judge Thomas E. Malone||2003-2014|
|Judge Henry Green||1993-2014|
|Judge Joseph Pierron||1990-2016|
|Judge Melissa Standridge||2008-2014|
|Judge David E. Bruns||2011-2016||Gov. Sam Brownback|
|Judge Tony Powell||2013-2014||Gov. Sam Brownback|
|Judge Kim R. Schroeder||2013-2014||Gov. Sam Brownback|
|Judge G. Gordon Atcheson||2010-2016||Gov. Mark Parkinson|
|Judge Karen Arnold-Burger||2011-2016||Gov. Mark Parkinson|
|Judge Caleb Stegall||2013-Present||Gov. Sam Brownback|
|Kim R. Schroeder|
|Thomas E. Malone|
|Judge||Incumbency||Division||Retention vote||Retention Vote %|
|David E. Bruns||Yes||658,691||75%|
|G. Gordon Atcheson||Yes||617,265||71%|