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NCJ Number: 162924 Find in a Library
Title: Bringing the Appellate Courts to the People
Journal: Judges' Journal  Volume:35  Issue:2  Dated:(Spring 1996)  Pages:10-13,38
Corporate Author: Kansas Court of Appeals
United States of America

Kansas Supreme Court
United States of America
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Kansas Court of Appeals

Kansas Supreme Court
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: For the past several years, justices and judges of the Kansas Court of Appeals and the Kansas Supreme Court have attempted to bring appellate courts and processes to the people in various ways.
Abstract: The Kansas Court of Appeals goes "on the circuit" in panels of three judges every 3 weeks to hear appeals much closer to the homes and offices of litigants. In addition, court personnel visit high schools to demonstrate court procedures and also work with law students. Kansas courts focus on public education because the only knowledge the public has about the appellate process often comes from news sources, and conducting hearings in schools and in other nontraditional settings represents an effective way of teaching about the appellate process. To counter mistakes made by electronic and print media, Kansas courts have initiated several community outreach programs, including the use of cameras in the courtroom and media law seminars. Another means of communicating directly with the public is a World Wide Web site on the Internet. In addition to technological innovations, Kansas courts continue to rely on such traditional educational tools as videos and publications. The ultimate goal is to educate communities about how the criminal justice system works.
Main Term(s): Appellate courts
Index Term(s): Appeal procedures; Courtroom proceedings broadcasting; Kansas; Media coverage; Public education; Public relations programs; Public schools; State supreme courts
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