Kansas Court of Appeals panel

The Kansas Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments of legal cases from across the state on Tuesday, April 17, at Johnson County Community College. Three judges will hear arguments from appellants' and appellees' attorneys, limited to 15 minutes each, from 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. at Hudson Auditorium in Nerman Museum for Contemporary Art on the JCCC campus. The Court of Appeals welcomes observers at the formal legal proceedings. An observer may stay for as little as 30 minutes or as long as the full session. Each case to be decided has already been heard at a lower district court. Presiding judge Steve Leben, judge Melissa Taylor Standridge and judge Karen Arnold-Burger will decide the fate of each appeal. According to information from the Kansas judicial branch, members of the Court of Appeals sit in panels of three at locations throughout the state. Panels will also sit on April 17 at the Kansas University School of Law, the Court of Appeals Courtroom in Topeka and other locations. Each panel typically takes up 30 appeals during a two-day period every month. “The college is honored to welcome the Kansas Court of Appeals to this area,” said Anita Tebbe, professor and chair of legal studies at JCCC. “This is an opportunity for students and the general public to view the procedures of the judicial system, the important third branch of the government.”

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