Chief Judge Fleetwood to retire from 18th District

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Chief Judge James Fleetwood will retire June 29 after more than 22 years of service.

He has been the longest-serving chief judge of the 18th Judicial District, which is composed of Sedgwick County. The Kansas Supreme Court appointed him chief judge in 2009.

Fleetwood first ran for election as a district judge in 1996.

Under his leadership, Sedgwick County was the first district court in the state to require electronic filing of court documents. Fleetwood also oversaw the development of a paperless court system, a website that serves as a portal to the courts, and a self-help center for people trying to access the legal system on their own.

As Chief Judge, Fleetwood had general control over case assignments within the district and general supervisory authority over the administrative and clerical functions of the court. Those duties were in addition to his judicial responsibilities.

 State statute requires the governor to select a replacement to complete a vacated term of office. Fleetwood was last elected to a four-year term in 2016.

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