Lawyers’ group studying court selection plan

Kansas Capital
Kansas Capital

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Legislators are waiting to hear from the Kansas Bar Association’s board before deciding whether to move ahead with a proposal to change how members of the state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals are chosen.

A proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution would require Senate confirmation of the governor’s appointments to the state’s two highest courts.

The Bar Association’s Board of Governors scheduled a Tuesday afternoon teleconference to discuss the proposal.

The measure would retain a nine-member nominating commission to screen applicants for vacancies but change its membership to give lawyers less influence. Under the current system, the commission names three finalists, and the governor appoints one, with no role for lawmakers.

Supporters of the proposal say they won’t move forward this year without a Bar Association endorsement.

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