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28th Judicial District Nominating Commission to Meet January 26th

Kansas Courts
Kansas Courts

The 28th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene by telephone conference at 10:30 am Thursday, January 26th to discuss the schedule for filling a district magistrate judge vacancy created by Judge Jason Parks’ March 3rd resignation.

The 28th Judicial District is composed of Saline and Ottawa Counties.   

Public access 

The meeting is open to the public.  To listen: 

call 845-361-8917
enter guest passcode 3872788#
Any person with a disability who requires accommodation to access the nominating commission meeting should notify the judicial branch ADA coordinator as early as possible: 

ADA Coordinator 
TTY at 711 

District magistrate judge appointment process  

To be considered for district magistrate judge, a nominee must be:

  • a resident of Ottawa County at the time of taking office and while holding office;  
  • a graduate of a high school, a secondary school, or the equivalent; and  
  • either a lawyer admitted to practice in Kansas or able to pass an examination to become certified within 18 months.  

The nominating commission selects whom to appoint to fill magistrate judge positions.

Term of office 

After serving one year in office, a new judge must stand for a retention vote in the next general election to remain in the position.  If retained, the incumbent will serve a four-year term. 

Nominating commission 

The 28th Judicial District Nominating Commission consists of Supreme Court Justice K.J. Wall as the nonvoting chair; David Stanley of Bennington; Jay Macy of Minneapolis; Lance Cochran, Robert German, Peter Johnston, Donald Merriman, and Christine Ritter of Salina; and Robert Martin of Solomon.