Why we should strive to make our courts more diverse and how to achieve this important goal.
We continue in this endeavor here in Sedgwick County.
Some conservatives in the legislature would like to change the way judges are selected to the Appellate Court. The Appellate Court is also known as the Court of Appeals, and appellate judges do not conduct trials, but instead decide on appealed cases.
Currently appellate judges are selected through The Supreme Court Nominating Committee. The committee selects three individuals and forwards those Crecommendations to the governor, who then chooses from those nominations.
The proposal would do away with the current nominating process and enable the governor to select anyone. The state Senate would then confirm the governor's selections in a way similar to how judges are appointed at the federal level. With a conservative majority in the statehouse, there is greater potential for political influence in the judge appointment process.