TOPEKAA three-judge panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Oct. 16 at a special session at Chanute High School.
Judges Kathryn Gardner, G. Gordon Atcheson, and Anthony Powell will hear oral arguments in four cases. Two will be heard starting at 9:30 a.m.; the other two starting at 1:30 p.m.
After each docket session, the judges will be available to answer questions from the public about the court and court procedures.
Additionally, the judges will speak to students at Chanute, Humboldt and Erie high schools Oct. 15.
Gardner, presiding judge of the panel, said in a press release she appreciated the work of Chief Judge Daniel Creitz and his staff of the 31st Judicial District to host the panel, and the school superintendents and staff to host the judges visits.
The 31st Judicial District is composed of Allen, Neosho, Wilson, and Woodson counties.
We look forward to interacting with students, local judges, attorneys, and others during our stay in Chanute, she said.
During the oral arguments, attorneys for each side will have an opportunity to present arguments to the judges, and the judges will have a chance to ask questions. The court will then take each case under consideration and will issue a written decision at a later date, usually within 60 days.
There are 14 judges on the Court of Appeals, and they sit in three-judge panels to decide cases. In addition to the Court of Appeals panel hearing cases this week in Chanute, other three-judge panels of the Court of Appeals will be hearing cases in Olathe, Topeka and Wichita. All hearings are open to the public.
In fiscal year 2017, the Court of Appeals resolved appeals in 1,833 cases, including 1,265 in which the court issued a formal written opinion.
The four cases to be heard at Chanute High School are from Butler, Cowley, Crawford, and Elk counties.