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Kansas Senate panel weighs deadlines for courts

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
A Senate committee is considering legislation aimed at forcing quicker decisions from the state

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Senate committee is considering legislation aimed at forcing quicker decisions from the state's trial and appellate courts.

The bill would set deadlines for district courts, the Court of Appeals and the Kansas Supreme Court to issue rulings after they hear arguments in cases.

District courts would have 120 days to rule on motions and nonjury trials. The Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals would have 180 days after oral arguments to issue rulings.

The Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled a Friday hearing on the bill, which has the support of committee chairman and Senate Vice President Jeff King.

The Kansas proposal follows a California model on time limits for court decisions.


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