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Clerk of the Appellate Courts

The Clerk of the Supreme Court is a constitutional officer who, by statute, is also Clerk of the Court of Appeals. The clerk is, therefore, referred to as the Clerk of the Appellate Courts.

In addition to processing cases in the two appellate courts, the clerk's office is responsible for a wide variety of activities including the conduct of bar examinations, record-keeping of admissions to the Kansas bar, and annual attorney registration. The clerk is also secretary for the Commission on Judicial Conduct, the Client Protection Fund Commission, the Kansas Board of Law Examiners, and the Supreme Court Nominating Commission. The clerk's office conducts elections for the lawyer members of the Supreme Court Nominating Commission and also conducts elections in 17 of the 31 judicial districts to elect lawyer members of the District Judicial Nominating Commissions. In addition, the clerk of the appellate courts is responsible for the conduct of certified court reporter examinations, the granting of certificates of eligibility for certified court reporters, and annual certified court reporter registration.

The office of the clerk of the appellate courts is located on the first floor of the Kansas Judicial Center. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00a.m. until 5:00p.m.

Douglas T. Shima, Clerk
Jennifer C. Bates, Chief Deputy Clerk