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Chief justice signs new administrative order continuing suspension of deadlines, time limitations

Posted By LaShea Johnson, Wednesday, September 16, 2020

TOPEKA—Chief Justice Marla Luckert issued a new administrative order today continuing to suspend statutes of limitation, statutory time standards, deadlines, and time limitations started under earlier orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Luckert's action follows the State Finance Council's decision last week to extend the COVID-19 state of disaster emergency.

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Pretrial Justice Task Force to host two public forums to discuss draft report and recommendations

Posted By Ryan Purcell, Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Before a Kansas Supreme Court task force charged with examining pretrial detention practices delivers its final report to the court, it will offer two public forums to answer questions about its findings, recommendations, and proposed best practices.

Chief Judge Karen Arnold-Burger, the Kansas Court of Appeals judge who chairs the task force, said the forums are to answer questions and to discover whether there are concerns not already addressed during the two-year project.

“The full task force met quarterly and subcommittees more frequently to work through the mountains of information available on this topic,” Arnold-Burger said. “We also invited every stakeholder group we thought might be interested to ensure we heard all viewpoints. The public forums are to hear from anyone who might want to weigh in before we finalize our report.”

Public forums September 9 and 24

The forums will be conducted virtually on Zoom and participants are encouraged to submit questions ahead of time. Questions may also be asked by chat during the events.

People who want to participate in a forum must register ahead of time.

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Tags:  Author: Ryan Purcell  Chief Judge Karen Arnold-Burger  courts  Kansas Court of Appeals  Kansas Supreme Court  Kansas Supreme Court task force  task force 

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Orders and guidance based on report from Ad Hoc Jury Task Force

Posted By Ryan Purcell, Thursday, August 6, 2020

Orders and guidance based on report from Ad Hoc Jury Task Force
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Chief justice: Suspension of time limitations and deadlines will continue for now

Posted By Ryan Purcell, Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Chief justice: Suspension of time limitations and deadlines will continue for now

Reinstatement will not take place on August 17

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Tags:  Author: Ryan Purcell  Chief Justice  Chief Justice Luckert  Kansas Supreme Court  state 

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Chief justice gives update on plan to reinstate time limitations and deadlines for court proceedings

Posted By Ryan Purcell, Friday, July 24, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 24, 2020

Contact:
Lisa Taylor
Public Information Director
785-640-7997
taylorl@kscourts.org

Chief justice gives update on plan to reinstate time limitations and deadlines for court proceedings

TOPEKA—Chief Justice Marla Luckert said today she has adjusted her plan to reinstate statutes of limitation and statutory time standards or deadlines that apply to conducting or processing of judicial proceedings.

Luckert had announced June 29 she planned to reinstate most time requirements effective August 3, based on the assumption that all district courts would be providing in-person service at that time.

Due to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in some jurisdictions, some courts have closed offices to the public. In response, Luckert is adjusting her timeline and now plans to provide an update on August 3 about a projected date to reinstate some time limits, deadlines, and time standards. She emphasized reinstatement will not be before August 17.

“My actions to suspend some deadlines and time limitations at the beginning of the pandemic were to uphold peoples’ legal and constitutional rights while courts made changes to case processing to adhere to public health guidelines,” Luckert said. “All district courts are now able to process cases remotely, but I need to be sure all courts can also provide some level of in-person service before I reinstate timelines and deadlines.”

Luckert said she’s providing this update because she wants to be sure Kansans and their attorneys have adequate notice of her plan to reinstate statutes of limitation and statutory time standards or deadlines. Once reinstated, courts, attorneys, and self-represented parties must be ready to move cases forward or accept consequences for missing deadlines or statutes of limitations, which can cause cases to be dismissed.

Luckert plans to continue the suspension of some time limitations. Those would include statutory speedy trial deadlines in criminal cases, the time requirements for filing actions under K.S.A. 60-1501 and K.S.A. 60-1507, and the time requirements for processing limited actions cases in K.S.A. 61-3002(b).

Even while statutes of limitation and statutory time standards or deadlines have been suspended, courts have continued to process cases. All state courts are conducting many types of proceedings using teleconferencing technology, greatly reducing the need for in-person hearings.

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Court Issues Revised Administrative Order (2020-11) Addressing In Person Hearings

Posted By Ryan Purcell, Friday, July 17, 2020

The Court issued Administrative Order 2020-11 – Revised Transition Plan for Civil and Criminal Hearings During Pandemic, which modifies the criteria for in court, in person hearings during this COVID-19 pandemic. This order is effective immediately.

This is a federal court order that gives the presiding judge discretion to hold hearings in person. It also authorizes the use of video conferencing.

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Rule 712B: Pro Bono or Low-Cost Legal Services Provided by Retired, Inactive, or Single-Employer Attorneys

Posted By Ryan Purcell, Friday, July 10, 2020
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Chief Justice announces plan to reinstate time limitations and deadlines for court proceedings

Posted By Ryan Purcell, Thursday, July 2, 2020

Chief Justice announces plan to reinstate time limitations and deadlines for court proceedings

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Tags:  Author: Ryan Purcell  Chief Justice  COVID-19  District of Kansas  Kansas Supreme Court 

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Governor Kelly Announces Executive Orders

Posted By Ryan Purcell, Thursday, July 2, 2020
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Supreme Court seeks comment on proposed rule creating access to justice liaisons

Posted By Ryan Purcell, Wednesday, July 1, 2020
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