Ensuring the fairness and impartiality of the Kansas Judiciary is central to the mission of the Kansas Bar Association (KBA). Threats to and intimidation of judges by politicians have no place in our democracy.
“A fair and impartial judiciary, free from external pressure or political corruption, lies at the foundation of our constitutional democracy. An independent judiciary needs to remain free of undue influence from the legislative and executive branches and to remain beholden only to the maintenance of the rule of law and the protection of individual rights and personal liberties. We affirm the right to challenge a judge's ruling for reasons based in fact, law, or policy. However, when robust criticism of the judiciary crosses into personal attacks or intimidation, it threatens to undermine public confidence in the fairness of our courts, the constitutional checks and balances underlying our government and the preservation of liberty. “ – Steve Six, 2016-17 President of the Kansas Bar Association
The KBA is dedicated to advancing the professionalism and legal skills of lawyers, promoting the interests of the legal profession, advocating positions on law-related issues and promoting the effective administration of our system of justice.