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60-257. Declaratory judgment. This article governs the procedure for obtaining a declaratory judgment under article 17 of this chapter. K.S.A. 60-238 and 60-239, and amendments thereto, govern a demand for a jury trial. The existence of another adequate remedy does not preclude a declaratory judgment that is otherwise appropriate. The court may order a speedy hearing of a declaratory-judgment action.

History: L. 1963, ch. 303, 60-257; L. 2010, ch. 135, § 130; July 1.

Source or prior law:

L. 1921, ch. 168, §§ 2, 4; R. S. 1923, 60-3128, 60-3130.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

"Are We Not Treating the Judiciary as the 'Ugly Duckling' of Government?" Ed Collister, 9 Kan. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y, No. 2, 302 (1999).

CASE ANNOTATIONS

Prior law cases, see G.S. 1961 Supp. 60-3128, 60-3130.

1. Mentioned; K.S.A. 60-502 held conflicting, ambiguous and void. Great Lakes Pipe Line Co. v. Wetschensky, 193 K. 706, 396 P.2d 295.

2. Where only issue is question of law, final determination may be had on motion for summary judgment hereunder; G.S. 1949, 60-3128, cited as prior law. Wagner v. Mahaffey, 195 K. 586, 588, 589, 408 P.2d 602.

3. Applied; declaratory judgment action to determine which of two insurers to defend negligence action; no abuse of discretion in dismissal. U.S. Fidelity and Guaranty Co. v. Continental Ins. Co., 216 K. 5, 9, 10, 531 P.2d 9.

4. Action hereunder for determination of rights and duties under corporate shareholders' agreement. Schaefer & Associates v. Schirmer, 3 K.A.2d 114, 115, 590 P.2d 1087.

5. Review of any decision of quasi-judicial body must be by appeal, not by declaratory judgment action. Ratley v. Sheriff's Civil Service Board, 7 K.A.2d 638, 640, 641, 646 P.2d 1133 (1982).

6. Right to jury trial provisions contrasted with KAAD (44-1001 et seq.) provisions. Wagher v. Guy's Foods, Inc., 256 K. 300, 319, 885 P.2d 1197 (1994).

7. At common law and under Kansas constitution, party is not entitled to trial by jury in a suit in equity. Jenson International, Inc. v. Kelley, 29 K.A.2d 836, 32 P.3d 1205 (2001).


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