(TOPEKA, Kan.)—The Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court appoints a 24-member "Blue Ribbon Commission" to review state court operations and structure.
Justice officials say the commission will help the Supreme Court in finding ways to improve court services in Kansas.
Officials say, when the commission has finished its work, it will submit a report to the Supreme Court. The report is expected to have recommendations for actions that the court can take, and possibly actions that make take legislative or voter approval.
Last Spring, state courts were forced to furloughs because of state budget constraints. Officials say this was a first in Kansas courts' nearly 150 year history.
Kansas courts handled around 500,000 cases between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010. Kansas has around 266 judges and around 1,590 non-judicial positions for state courts.
Members named to the Blue Ribbon Committee:
- Court of Appeals Judge Patrick McAnany, Chair, Topeka
- Wyandotte County District Judge Constance Alvey, Kansas City
- Bob Boaldin, of Epic Touch communications company, Elkhart
- Barton County Counselor/Administrator Richard A. Boeckman, Great Bend
- Wabaunsee County District Magistrate Judge Blaine A. Carter, Alma
- 12th Judicial District Chief Judge Kim W. Cudney, Washington
- Graham County Clerk of the District Court Donna L. Elliott, Hill City.
- Trego County District Magistrate Judge Richard Flax, Wakeeney
- Kansas Corporation Commissioner Joseph F. Harkins, Topeka
- Karen H. Hester, University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence
- Martha Hodgesmith, University of Kansas Associate Director for Disability Policy, Lawrence
- State Sen. Jeffrey R. King, Independence
- Susan Lynn, editor and publisher of The Iola Register, Iola
- Doris Miller, Co-Owner of Rocking M Radio, Manhattan
- Mike Padilla, Kansas Department of Revenue, Topeka
- Linda Parks, Attorney and Managing Partner, Hite, Fanning & Honeyman, Wichita;
- Reginald Robinson, Washburn University School of Law Professor, Topeka
- Gerald O. Schultz, Attorney, Garden City
- Sam H. Sheldon, Haley Title Company attorney and owner, Ottawa
- State Sen. John Vratil, Overland Park
- Finney County Attorney John P. Wheeler, Jr., Garden City
- Calvin Williams, Attorney, Colby
- Sam Williams, managing partner/CPA, Sullivan Higdon & Sink, Wichita
- Riley County District Judge Meryl D. Wilson, Manhattan.