The Kansas Supreme Court will conduct a special evening session Oct. 7 in El Dorado.

The court will be in session from 6:30 p.m. to about 8 p.m. Oct. 7, in the 900-seat auditorium of El Dorado High School, 401 McCollum Rd.

 

It will be the Supreme Court’s first visit to El Dorado in the court’s 158-year history, and it will be the 11th time the court will hear cases in the evening.

The night is part of an effort to familiarize Kansans with the high court, its work, and the overall role of the Kansas judiciary.

“Community visits are a great way for the people of Kansas to get to know us—to see who we are, what we do, how we do it—and to learn about the judiciary’s role in our society,” said Chief Justice Lawton 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 public is invited to attend the special session to observe the court as it hears oral arguments in two cases. The cases will be announced later. After the hearing concludes, the justices will greet the public in an informal reception in the commons outside the auditorium.

 

The Supreme Court has conducted several special sessions outside its Topeka courtroom since 2011, when it marked the state's 150th anniversary 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 Greensburg, Salina, and Wichita. Since then, the court has had sessions in Colby, Emporia, Garden City, Hays, Hiawatha, Hutchinson, Kansas City, Lawrence, Manhattan, Overland Park, Pittsburg, Topeka, and Winfield.

 

The court started conducting evening sessions when it visited Hays in April 2015. The court's visit to Lawrence in April 2019 drew a record crowd for an evening session of about 800 people.