Crime & Courts

County judge to join justices on Kansas Supreme Court case

Sedgwick County District Court Judge Ben Burgess
Sedgwick County District Court Judge Ben Burgess Courtesy photo

A local judge will weigh in on a case scheduled for a hearing Wednesday morning before the Kansas Supreme Court.

Ben Burgess, a Sedgwick County District Court judge since 2003, will join the high court’s justices to hear oral arguments and draft an opinion in the appeal of Robert K. Miller, who is challenging his termination as Wabaunsee County appraiser by the board of county commissioners.

The case is part of the Kansas Supreme Court’s 9 a.m. docket. Oral arguments will be broadcast live at

Judges are invited to sit in on cases when a justice is absent or recuses himself or herself from a case and when a seat is vacant, said Lisa Taylor, a spokeswoman for the high court.

Burgess has a lengthy career in the legal field, serving as assistant Reno County attorney, assistant U.S. attorney, the U.S. attorney for Kansas and working in private practice before becoming a judge.

He also has been Koch Industries’ director of ethics and business conduct and a Kansas Parole Board member, the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration said in a news release.

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