TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss is pushing legislators to repeal a law requiring the state to have at least one judge in each of its 105 counties.
In his annual State of the Judiciary address Wednesday evening, Nuss said the Supreme Court needs more flexibility in administering the state’s judicial branch.
The chief justice released the recommendations of a commission appointed by the court last year to study ways to make the judicial branch more efficient. Its proposals included repealing the one-judge-per-county rule.
Nuss also said the court wants to create an electronic document filing system and merge different district court computer systems.
The proposed repeal of the one-judge-per-county rule is likely to meet with strong opposition from some rural legislators.