3:44 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

House Committee Votes To Cut Court Reporter Jobs

The budget-writing committee in the Kansas House has voted to cut 18 court reporter positions in the judicial branch and eliminate 13 additional unfilled positions.

Representative Pete DeGraaf, a Mulvane Republican, says this would help prompt the judicial branch to find cost savings. He says there's institutional resistance to change.

“Most of them know that this is inevitable and actually best and it’s efficient and probably the thing that needs to happen," DeGraaf says. "But who wants to be the first one to suggest it?”

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12:30 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Past and Present: Court Day Is Here! Court Day Is Here!

Albemarle County Courthouse, Charlottesville, Va.
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Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court opens its October Term. Most Americans these days will not mark this first Monday in October with any fanfare, but in 18th-century Virginia, the celebration of “Court Day” established the legal and social rules for the entire community.

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Court Appointments
5:44 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Legislators Not Finished With Court Appointment Debate

Leaders of the Kansas House and Senate Judiciary committees expect lawmakers to renew consideration of the way judges are appointed to the state Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.

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5:49 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Grant Boosts Efforts To Modernize KS Courts

An infusion of federal grant money is expected to improve access to court records and reduce expenses by expanding electronic case filing to more Kansas district courts.

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6:02 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Kansas Abortion Lawsuit Now On Federal Fast Track

The chief federal judge for Kansas has set what she considers an aggressive schedule for a lawsuit by Planned Parenthood against parts of a new state abortion law.

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District Court
5:50 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

State Judge Puts Hold On Parts Of Abortion Law

A Kansas judge has temporarily blocked parts of a sweeping state anti-abortion law set to take effect July 1.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:42 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Bill Changes How Kan. Court Docket Fees Are Spent

A bill passed by the Kansas House would put court docket fee money into the general fund, rather than directly to special programs.
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The Kansas House has narrowly approved a change in how some state programs are funded. Certain programs receive money from docket fees paid in the court system, but a bill in the House would instead put that docket fee money in the state general fund.

The money from docket fees goes to 14 programs, including the state Trauma Fund and the Access to Justice Fund. Supporters of the change say the docket money should instead be put into the state general fund, where lawmakers could then appropriate it to the programs.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:03 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Proposal Would Change Judicial Selection Process

A proposal to give Kansas governors and lawmakers more power over appointments to the state's appellate courts cleared a legislative committee Wednesday.

The measure would amend the Kansas Constitution to allow governors to appoint whomever they choose to the state Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, subject to Senate confirmation. It would scrap the statewide, attorney-led commission that now screens applications.

Currently, the commission nominates three finalists for the governor, who then makes the appointment without legislative review.

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Hawker Bankruptcy
2:29 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Justice Department Opposes Hawker Bonus Plan

The Justice Department’s bankruptcy watchdog agency opposes a move by Hawker Beechcraft to pay eight senior executives more than $5.3 million in bonuses.

In a court filing yesterday, U.S. Trustee Tracy Hope Davis argued that Hawker Beechcraft hasn’t shown that its proposed bonus plan isn’t a disguised retention plan. Bonus plans are allowed, but must do more than simply reward managers for staying during a bankruptcy reorganization. Hawker Beechcraft calls it an incentive award and says its plans are consistent with its commitment to strongly emerge from bankruptcy.

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