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Do you think state Supreme Court justices should be confirmed by the state Senate?

Asked at Signs of Life, 722 Mass. on February 8, 2005

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I think a committee in general is a good safeguard, because they can review the candidates and make sure the most qualified ones are chosen. It’s just a check on the system.””

Photo of Helen Cox

It seems to me that it probably wouldn’t make a difference one way or the other because an elite group of people would be choosing either way. It’s not a democratic process.””

Photo of Andrea Senf

I think it sounds reasonable. If justices go through the same process on the national level, it would seem appropriate at the state level.””

Photo of Jen Martin

I think a committee would be preferable. It’s always better to have more than one opinion.””


remember_username 13 years, 1 month ago

You mean they're not? Isn't the Kansas government modelled on the Federal Government? I looked all over for the associated article but I can't find it. Can anybody clarify?

Ceallach 13 years, 1 month ago

Yes, but with some guidelines they too must follow. The methods used lately are an embarrassment to the founding fathers.

wichita_reader 13 years, 1 month ago

Art. 3, Sec. 5 of the Kansas Constitution provides that Justices of the Kansas Supreme Court are appointed by the governor from a list of three candidates submitted by a nonpartisan supreme court nominating commission.

The nominating commission is composed as follows: "One member, who shall be chairman, chosen from among their number by the members of the bar who are residents of and licensed in Kansas; one member from each congressional district chosen from among their number by the resident members of the bar in each such district; and one member, who is not a lawyer, from each congressional district, appointed by the governor from among the residents of each such district."

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