Douglas County District Court judge to sit with Kansas Supreme Court

photo by: Sara Shepherd

Judge Kay Huff confers with attorneys during the murder trial of Tria L. Evans on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Douglas County District Court. From left are prosecutors Nicole Southall and Amy McGowan, and appointed defense attorneys Kenzie Singleton and Carol Cline.

Douglas County District Court Judge Kay Huff will sit with the Kansas Supreme Court for four cases next week, the state announced Wednesday.

Huff, who oversees criminal and civil cases in Douglas County, will join the court Tuesday, Oct. 29, to hear oral arguments, deliberate and help draft decisions, the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration said in a news release.

“It is a privilege to serve with the Supreme Court,” Huff said in the release. “I very much appreciate the chance to see the work of the Supreme Court on a first-hand basis.”

Huff has been a judge in 7th Judicial District since 2011 and throughout her career in law has worked as a litigator in civil cases, a public defender, in private practice and a part-time professor at the University of Kansas School of Law.

The cases that Huff and other justices will hear include:

• Appeal No. 117,149: Royce Williams v. GEICO General Insurance Co.: a petition for review out of Sedgwick County stemming from an automobile injury insurance case.

• Appeal No. 118,120: State of Kansas v. Sherman N. Jenkins: a criminal appeal out of Shawnee County stemming from convictions in a fatal car chase case.

• Appeal No. 116,810: State of Kansas v. Amber E. Burden: a petition for review out of Sumner County stemming from a drug paraphernalia case.

• Case No. 121,050: In the Matter of Daniel Vincent Saville, Respondent: an attorney discipline case out of Wichita.

More information about the cases on the Oct. 29 docket can be found at the judicial branch’s website,


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