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20-329. Chief judge; election by district court judges in such judicial district; duties. In every judicial district, the district court judges in such judicial district shall elect a district judge as chief judge who shall have general control over the assignment of cases within the district, subject to supervision by the supreme court. The procedure for such election shall be determined by the district court judges and adopted by district court rule. Within guidelines established by statute, rule of the supreme court or the district court, the chief judge of each district court shall be responsible for and have general supervisory authority over the clerical and administrative functions of such court. The district judge designated as chief judge by the supreme court on July 1, 2014, shall be allowed to serve as chief judge through January 1, 2016.

History: L. 1968, ch. 385, § 34; L. 1976, ch. 146, § 28; L. 1980, ch. 94, § 5; L. 1986, ch. 115, § 36; L. 1999, ch. 57, § 17; L. 2014, ch. 82, § 11; July 1.

Revisor's Note:

L. 2014, ch. 82, was held to be an invalid enactment, see Solomon v. State, 303 Kan. 512, 364 P.3d 536 (2015).

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

"Practicing Law in a Unified Kansas Court System," Linda Diane Henry Elrod, 16 W.L.J. 260 (1977).

Attorney General's Opinions:

Classes of judges of district court. 85-183.

Alcohol and drug safety action program. 89-4.

Expenditures for operation of district court; not subject to county purchasing policy. 96-4.

District courts in Johnson and Sedgwick county; purchase of supplies through county purchasing officer; constitutionality; exercise of county home rule. 96-40.


1. Restraining order issued by judge did not contravene administrative judge's supervisory authority. Krogen v. Collins, 21 Kan. App. 2d 723, 725, 907 P.2d 909 (1995).

2. Chief judge of judicial district is responsible for functioning of clerk's office for judicial district. Schultz v. Schwartz, 28 Kan. App. 2d 84, 11 P.3d 530 (2000).

3. A district magistrate judge has jurisdiction to conduct felony arraignments and accept pleas. State v. Valladarez, 288 Kan. 671, 206 P.3d 879 (2009).

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