EL DORADO — The Kansas Supreme Court is coming to El Dorado in October, and they will have a new face joining them.
Chief Judge Jeff Goering of the 18th Judicial District was appointed to sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in two cases during the court’s special session Oct. 7 at El Dorado High School. Goering was previously appointed to the 18th Judicial District, which covers Sedgwick County and is based in Wichita, in June by the Supreme Court. The announcement that he will sit in on El Dorado’s special session was made via news release Wednesday.
The court’s special evening session is part of its ongoing outreach to familiarize Kansans with the high court, its work and the overall role of the Kansas judiciary system.
After hearing oral arguments, Goering will join Supreme Court justices in their deliberations and decision drafting.
“I am pleased Chief Judge Goering is able to join us for this special session,” Chief Justice Lawton Nuss said in the release. It’s on top of his full-time duties with the 18th Judicial District, and it’s a great help to our court. We look forward to his contributions deliberating and eventually deciding the cases we will hear at El Dorado High School.”
Goering will sit in place of Justice Lee Johnson, whose Sept. 8 retirement triggered a merit-based nomination process that Kansans voted to add to the Kansas Constitution in 1958. A nine-member commission is charged with reviewing applicants, conducting public interviews, and giving the names of three to the governor. The governor chooses which one to appoint.
“I greatly appreciate the chance to be a part of the Supreme Court’s traveling docket,” Goering said. “I’d like to thank Chief Justice Nuss and the other justices for allowing me to be part of this unique opportunity to sit with the Supreme Court in El Dorado.”
Before his appointment to the 18th Judicial District, Goering was elected in 2004 as a district judge. He graduated from Washburn University School of Law, then worked as an assistant district attorney in Sedgwick County from 1991 to 1992. He was in private practice in Leavenworth from 1992 to 1996, during which time he also was municipal judge for the City of Leavenworth. He returned to Wichita and was in private practice from 1996 to 2005. During that time he was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives, serving from 2003 to 2004.
He was a member of the Kansas Sentencing Commission from 2003 to 2004.
All Supreme Court oral arguments are webcast live through the Watch Supreme Court Live! link in the right-hand column of the Kansas Judicial Branch website at www.kscourts.org.
The cases to be heard in El Dorado will be announced at a later date and information will be available before the session for those interested in learning more about the cases once announced.