Kansas Chief Justice Establishes Advisory Council

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss has created an advisory council of chief judges of the state's district courts to provide their insights into matters facing the court system.

Nuss announced Friday that he had signed an order earlier in January to create the seven-member council. The intent is to get feedback from the 31 district courts in Kansas on matters relating to court procedures and administration, including funding.

The council selected David Ricke, chief judge of the 13th Judicial District of Butler, Elk and Greenwood counties, to serve as chairman. Two of the members, including Ricke, will serve one-year terms expiring Dec. 31 while the other five will serve two-year terms ending Dec. 31, 2015.