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20-355.Additional divisions, district court judges or district magistrate judges; determination and certification by supreme court; powers and duties of supreme court; manner of selection. (a) On or before April 15 of every even-numbered year, the supreme court shall examine the need for more or less divisions or district magistrate judge positions of the district court in each judicial district which has not approved the proposition of nonpartisan selection of judges of the district court, as provided in K.S.A. 20-2901, and amendments thereto, except that on or before May 15, 1998, the supreme court shall examine the need for more or less divisions or district magistrate judge positions of the district court in each judicial district which has not approved the proposition of nonpartisan selection of judges of the district court. On or before May 15 of each year, the supreme court shall examine the need for more or less divisions or positions of the district court in judicial districts which have approved such proposition. Whenever the supreme court shall determine that in order to effectively expedite the business of the district court in any judicial district in this state, the need exists for an additional judge of the district court and an additional division or position in such court, the supreme court shall so certify to the secretary of state, and where the need for such additional judge of the district court and division or position is in a judicial district in which such proposition of nonpartisan selection of judges of the district court has been approved, such certification also shall be made to the chairperson of the district judicial nominating commission of such judicial district. Any additional division or position so certified shall be designated as the next numbered division or position of such court.

(b) Upon certification of an additional judge of the district court and an additional division or position of the district court in any judicial district which has not approved the proposition of nonpartisan selection of judges of the district court, the first judge of the district court of such new division or position shall be elected at the general election held in November of the year in which the division or position is determined to be necessary and such judge shall take office on the second Monday in January of the following year. No judge of any such new division shall be appointed pending the first election to fill such office.

(c) Upon certification of an additional judge of the district court and an additional division or position of the district court in any judicial district which has approved the proposition of nonpartisan selection of judges of the district court, the additional division or position shall be created on July 15 of the year in which such certification is made, and the additional district judge shall be selected and take office in the manner prescribed by subsection (b) of K.S.A. 20-2913, and amendments thereto. The additional position shall be created on July 1 of the year in which the position is approved, and the additional district magistrate judge shall be selected and take office in the manner prescribed by K.S.A. 20-2914, and amendments thereto.

(d) The supreme court shall determine the county or judicial district in which the newly created division or position shall be placed.

(e) Any additional district judge or district magistrate judge position created by this section shall be considered a position created by the supreme court and not a civil appointment to a state office pursuant to K.S.A. 46-234, and amendments thereto.

History: L. 1968, ch. 402, § 5; L. 1972, ch. 98, § 1; L. 1974, ch. 137, § 15; L. 1975, ch. 183, § 1; L. 1976, ch. 146, § 26; L. 1995, ch. 91, § 1; L. 1998, ch. 195, § 1; May 28.



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