Kansas judges are some of the lowest paid in the country and the state Supreme Court wants lawmakers to change that. On Wednesday Chief Justice Lawton Nuss gave his annual state of the judiciary speech.
The Governor, Attorney General, and other state leaders listened in the audience.
In the speech, the justice highlighted numbers showing how little funding the state’s judicial branch gets.
Chief Justice Nuss said he made it a major focus of his speech because he believes it’s already causing damage. He said the state judiciary has already seen experienced judges leaving and less applications than usual because of the small paychecks.
“I just have concerns that if we have fewer people applying and those people for the most part are not of the same quality we’ve expected over the years, then we’re going to see a drop in the quality of justice,” Nuss said.
He also focused on positive strides the branch has made, like highlighting how last year Kansas judges sentenced almost 150 people for killing related crimes.