Kansas Supreme Court plans to swear in new justice Jan. 24

photo by: Associated Press

Shawnee County, Kansas, District Judge Evelyn Wilson listens to Gov. Laura Kelly talk about Wilson's appointment to the Kansas Supreme Court during a news conference, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. Kelly says Wilson, who began her legal career in the small northwest Kansas town of Oberlin, brings something "quintessentially Kansan" to the high court. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA — The Kansas Supreme Court plans to swear in a new justice Jan. 24.

Evelyn Wilson is set to take her seat on the seven-member high court a little more than a month after Gov. Laura Kelly announced Wilson’s appointment. The court is planning to convene a special session at 2 p.m. in its chambers in Topeka, with Chief Justice Marla Luckert presiding.

Wilson has been a district judge in Shawnee County since 2004 and its administrative judge overseeing court operations since 2014.

She is replacing former Supreme Court Justice Lee Johnson, who retired in September.

Kelly has another appointment to fill because former Chief Justice Lawton Nuss retired in December.

A lawyer-led nominating commission plans to interview 17 candidates for Nuss’ seat Jan. 16 and 17. It expects to submit three finalists to Kelly, who would have until March 17 to make the appointment.

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