Judges urge speedy-trial extension


Some chief judges across the state say they will not be able to clear a backlog of cases to comply with a speedy-trial deadline if the ongoing emergency disaster declaration is not extended.

Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Marla Luckert told leading legislators that she surveyed 31 judicial districts about their ability to ease a backlog of cases within the 150 days established by state law.

If the governor's ongoing emergency disaster declaration is not extended, it would mean that cases now delayed because of the pandemic would need to go trial by March 14 or risk having . . .


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