The Kansas Supreme Court will conduct a special evening session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Hutchinson Community College, as part of its ongoing outreach to familiarize Kansans with the high court, its work, and the overall role of the Kansas judiciary.
The court will be in session from 6:30 p.m. to about 8 p.m. in the B.J. Warner Recital Hall in the Stringer Fine Arts Center at 600 East 11th Avenue on the Hutchinson Community College campus.
It will be the Supreme Court’s first visit to Hutchinson in the court’s 155-year history and it will be the fifth time for the court to hear cases in the evening. The court’s first evening session in Hays in April 2015, drew a record crowd of nearly 700 people. Since then, evening sessions in Garden City in 2015, and Topeka and Hiawatha in 2016, also drew crowds numbering in the hundreds.
The public is invited to attend the Oct. 4, special session to observe the court as it hears oral arguments in two cases to be announced in September. After the hearing concludes, the justices will greet the public in an informal reception in a room adjacent to the recital hall.
“Community visits are a great way for the people of Kansas to get to know us — to see who we are and what we do — and to learn about the judiciary’s role in our society,” said Nuss. “We encourage anyone who’s ever been curious about Supreme Court proceedings to come. We continue to provide live webcasts of all our courtroom sessions in the Kansas Judicial Center in Topeka, but people tell us there’s nothing like seeing proceedings in person.”
The Supreme Court has conducted several special sessions outside its Topeka courtroom since 2011, when it marked the state sesquicentennial by convening in the historic Supreme Court courtroom in the Kansas Statehouse. From there, and through the end of 2011, the court conducted special sessions in Salina, Greensburg, and Wichita. The court has also held sessions in Overland Park in 2012, Pittsburg in 2013, Kansas City in 2014, Hays and Garden City in 2015, and Topeka and Hiawatha in 2016.