Kansas Court of Appeals

The Kansas Court of Appeals is the intermediate-level statewide appellate court for the U.S. state of Kansas.



The Kansas Legislature created the first Kansas Court of Appeals in 1895, to help the Kansas Supreme Court with an increasingly heavy caseload. The original statute that created the court contained a sunset provision that allowed the court to expire in 1901.[1] The Court of Appeals was reestablished permanently in 1977 as a seven-member appellate court—expanded to ten judges in 1987, then later to twelve and then to fourteen.[1]



The Court of Appeals hears all appeals from orders of the State Corporation Commission, original actions in habeas corpus, and all appeals from the state district courts in both civil and criminal cases (except those that may be appealed directly to the Kansas Supreme Court).



Kansas Court of Appeals judges sit in panels of three at locations throughout the state, but most frequently at the primary courtroom in the Kansas Judicial Center in Topeka. The court also has the power to review matters en banc. Each panel typically rules on approximately 30 appeals over a two-day period every month. Decisions of the Court of Appeals are filed weekly, usually on Friday mornings.[2]

There is no right to an appeal from the judgments of the Court of Appeals. Parties who lose their appeal in the Court of Appeals may petition the Kansas Supreme Court to review the decision, but the justices are not required to do so.[1]



Court of Appeals judges are appointed to four-year terms by the Governor of Kansas, with confirmation by the Kansas Senate. Until 2013, the Governor would appoint a justice from a list of qualified individuals submitted to him by the Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission. The judges go through a retention election after their initial appointment. The chief judge is elected by the members of the court. Before July 1, 2014, the Kansas Supreme Court appointed the chief judge.

The judges on the court are:

Seat Judge[3] Born Joined Term ends Appointed by Law school
9 Karen Arnold-Burger, Chief Judge (1957-10-07) October 7, 1957 (age 66) February 14, 2011 (as Judge)
January 9, 2017 (as Chief Judge)
2024 Mark Parkinson (D) Kansas
7 Henry W. Green (1949-01-15) January 15, 1949 (age 75) April 22, 1993 2026 Joan Finney (D) Kansas
11 Thomas E. Malone (1953-12-29) December 29, 1953 (age 70) May 2, 2003 2026 Kathleen Sebelius (D) Washburn
1 Stephen D. Hill (1950-12-18) December 18, 1950 (age 73) December 5, 2003 2026 Kathleen Sebelius (D) Washburn
8 G. Gordon Atcheson (1954-05-17) May 17, 1954 (age 70) September 10, 2010 2024 Mark Parkinson (D) Kansas
6 David E. Bruns (1959-09-17) September 17, 1959 (age 64) May 16, 2011 2024 Sam Brownback (R) Washburn
5 Kim R. Schroeder (1957-07-11) July 11, 1957 (age 67) March 15, 2013 2026 Sam Brownback (R) Washburn
14 Kathryn A. Gardner (1956-10-09) October 9, 1956 (age 67) May 8, 2015 2024 Sam Brownback (R) Kansas
4 Sarah E. Warner (1979-11-15) November 15, 1979 (age 44) July 1, 2019 2024 Laura Kelly (D) Ave Maria
3 Amy F. Cline (1974-04-03) April 3, 1974 (age 50) February 26, 2021 2026 Laura Kelly (D) Kansas
2 Lesley A. Isherwood (1972-12-02) December 2, 1972 (age 51) April 30, 2021 2026 Laura Kelly (D) Washburn
13 Jacy J. Hurst (1979-09-09) September 9, 1979 (age 44) May 3, 2021 2026 Laura Kelly (D) Kansas
12 Angela D. Coble (1972-08-20) August 20, 1972 (age 51) May 2, 2022 2024 Laura Kelly (D) Washburn
10 Rachel Pickering April 27, 2023 2024 Laura Kelly (D) Missouri

See also



  1. ^ a b c History of the Kansas Judicial Branch
  2. ^ Court of Appeals Purpose, Authority, and History
  3. ^ "Court of Appeals - Judges". Kansas Judicial Branch.