Public Input Has Opened For Supreme Court's Proposed Amendment

By KBBE News
April 24, 2017

The Kansas Supreme Court is accepting public comment on a proposed new rule and a proposed amended rule that address how specialty courts are defined and what standards judicial districts follow when creating a specialty court.

Comment on the proposed new rule and proposed amended rule may be made by email to [email protected] until 5 p.m. Monday, May 22, 2017. The subject line must read Specialty Court.

A specialty court is one that uses therapeutic or problem-solving procedures to address underlying factors that contribute to a person's involvement in the criminal justice system, whether those underlying factors are mental illness or addiction.

Proposed Amended Supreme Court Rule 109A

http://www.kscourts.org/rules/proposed_or_amended_rules_open_for_public_comment/ProposedAmendedRule109A_042117.pdf

allows a judicial district to create a specialty court to address specific needs within its district. The proposed amendment to this rule simplifies the terminology used to describe these courts.

Proposed Supreme Court Rule 109B

http://www.kscourts.org/rules/proposed_or_amended_rules_open_for_public_comment/ProposedNewRule109B_042117.pdf

is new and adopts general standards for judicial districts creating a specialty court. These new standards include having measurable goals and objectives, using evidence-based practices, and having trained, knowledgeable judges overseeing the specialty court. The proposed rules are available for review on the Kansas judicial branch website atwww.kscourts.orgunder the heading What's New.


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