Kansas Supreme Court Hosts Special Evening Session in Lansing

By Trish Svoboda

As part of its continuous efforts to enhance public understanding of the judicial system, the Kansas Supreme Court has scheduled a special evening session on April 23 in Lansing.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend this special session, where they can observe the court in action as it hears oral arguments for two cases. Following the oral arguments, the justices will be available to greet attendees during an informal reception, providing an opportunity for interaction and dialogue.

“Special sessions give Kansans an up-close look at how the judicial branch works,” Chief Justice Marla Luckert said. “Watching an appellate argument helps people understand how courts resolve disputes and the steps that are taken to make sure court proceedings are fair and case resolution is based on a correct application of the law.”

Luckert noted that while many individuals have some familiarity with the trial process due to personal experiences as jurors, witnesses, or acquaintances who have been involved in court proceedings, fewer have had the opportunity to witness an appellate court in operation.

“Bringing arguments to communities throughout Kansas gives everyone the opportunity to learn how the Kansas Supreme Court decides cases,” she said. “People who come to watch and meet us afterward tell us they gained a better understanding of the Kansas judicial system and its constitutional responsibility to fairly and impartially resolve disputes.”

The session will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lansing Middle School.

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