Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sachse retirement brings court vacancy

By The Herald Staff | 7/2/2014

Franklin County could be getting a new district judge by year’s end.

The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission announced Friday it is seeking candidates to fill a judge vacancy in the 4th Judicial District, which includes Franklin, Osage, Anderson and Coffey counties, according to a news release.

Franklin County could be getting a new district judge by year’s end.

The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission announced Friday it is seeking candidates to fill a judge vacancy in the 4th Judicial District, which includes Franklin, Osage, Anderson and Coffey counties, according to a news release.

The vacancy was created by the departure of District Court Judge Thomas H. Sachse. Sachse, Ottawa, retired in May after 23 years of service as a district judge. He was appointed to the bench April 1, 1991, by then-Gov. Joan Finney. Judge Sachse presided over domestic, probate and felony criminal cases. During his tenure on the bench, he primarily was assigned to the Franklin County portion of the 4th Judicial District.

Justice Eric Rosen, the Supreme Court departmental justice responsible for the 4th Judicial District, said nominees can apply or be recommended, but recommendations must come on a nomination form and include the nominee’s signature, the release said.

“This is an open process to find the most qualified candidates in the district, so if a community member knows someone ideally suited for the job, he or she should encourage that person to apply, or volunteer to recommend him or her,” Rosen said in the release.

Kansas law requires that a judge be a resident of the district, be at least 30 years old, have actively practiced law for at least five years, and be admitted to practice law in Kansas. Recommendations must be accompanied by a nomination form available from the clerk’s office in each of the district’s courts: Franklin County District Court in Ottawa; Anderson County District Court in Garnett; Coffey County District Court in Burlington; and Osage County District Court in Lyndon. The form also is available from the clerk of the appellate courts at the Judicial Center in Topeka and on the Kansas Judicial Branch website at http://www.kscourts.org under “What’s New.”

Completed nomination forms and supporting letters are to be sent to Janet Walsh, Secretary, 704 Topeka Avenue, Lyndon, KS 66451, no later than noon, July 31, the release said. The nominating commission plans to convene 9 a.m. Aug. 22 in the Franklin County Courthouse in Ottawa to interview nominees. The meeting will be open to the public.

Kansas law requires the commission to submit at least two names, but not more than three, to the governor, who will choose one to appoint, the release said.

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