Kansas Senate Panel Weighs Deadlines For Courts

By: Greg Palmer
By: Greg Palmer

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Senate committee is considering legislation aimed at forcing quicker decisions from the state's trial and appellate courts.

The bill would set deadlines for district courts, the Court of Appeals and the Kansas Supreme Court to issue rulings after they hear arguments in cases.

District courts would have 120 days to rule on motions and nonjury trials. The Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals would have 180 days after oral arguments to issue rulings.

The committee is considering a bill that would create soft deadlines for the district courts, Court of Appeals and Kansas Supreme Court. The courts could miss the deadlines if proper notice was given to parties in the cases.

Senate Vice President Jeff King says six states have similar laws on time limits, which can withhold pay from judges who are tardy in their rulings.


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