The Kansas Supreme Court will convene in Parsons next week, a first in the court’s 161-year history

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The seven-person Kansas Supreme Court will leave its chamber in Topeka next week and travel to hear two cases at a southeast Kansas high school.

The state supreme court has traveled and heard cases in as many as four communities annually, including visits to Pittsburg, Hays, and Winfield, since 2011. Next Monday will be the first time the court will convene in Parsons. Chief Justice Marla Luckert says Kansas residents will have the opportunity to see how the appellate court system works up close.

“They are real cases. There will be two cases, both arise from criminal charges that have begun at a trial court level, and as it happens, in both of these cases, a defendant appealed from the trial court to the court of appeals, and then after the court of appeals decision, the parties, one case, actually both parties, the state, and the defendant asked us to review the court of appeal decision.”

Doors will open at Parsons high school next Monday, October 3, at 5:30 pm. Be sure to arrive early to leave adequate time for security checks. The hearing will start promptly from 6:30 pm and run until 8 pm. Also, on Monday, Justice Eric Rosen will speak at Pittsburg State, on the 4th floor of Russ Hall, at 2 pm. Both events are open to the public.


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