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20-124. Appointment of nonlawyer members; vacancies. As terms of office of nonlawyer members from each congressional district are about to expire, their successors shall be appointed by the governor and the names of such appointees certified by the governor to the clerk of the supreme court before their terms of office begin. Any vacancy occurring among the nonlawyer members of the commission shall be filled by appointment by the governor within 10 days after the governor has notice of such vacancy, for the unexpired term of the member whose place is being filled, and the name of such appointee shall be certified to the clerk. All appointments by the governor shall be without regard to the political affiliations of the appointees.

History: L. 1959, ch. 158, § 6; L. 2003, ch. 99, § 5; July 1.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

"The selection of judges in Kansas: A Comparison of Systems," Jeffrey D. Jackson, 69 J.K.B.A. No. 1, 32 (2000).

"Selection to the Kansas Supreme Court," Stephen J. Ware, 17 Kan. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y, No. 3, 386 (2008).

"Merit Selection: The Workings of the Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission; A Response to Processor Ware's Article — From the Perspective of a Supreme Court Nominating Commission Member," Patricia E. Riley, 17 Kan. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y, No. 3, 429 (2008).

"The Merits of Merit Selection; A Kansas Judge's Response to Professor Ware's Article," Janice D. Russell, 17 Kan. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y, No. 3, 437 (2008).

Attorney General's Opinions:

Supreme court nominating commission; applicability of title 7; 1964 civil rights act, Americans with disabilities act and Kansas acts against discrimination. 93-69.


1. Cited; non-lawyer remaining on Supreme Court nominating commission following issuance of temporary permit to practice law examined. State ex rel. Stephan v. Adam, 243 Kan. 619, 622, 760 P.2d 683 (1988).

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