Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback today announced the appointment of Kansas City, Kan., attorney Aaron Roberts to the 29th Judicial District of the state of Kansas.
Roberts will take the Wyandotte County District Court seat of retiring Judge Ernest Johnson.
“Aaron’s experience as a municipal court judge and years of public service will serve Kansans of the 29th Judicial District well,” Gov. Brownback said in a news release.
Roberts is currently the Municipal Court Judge for Wyandotte County-Kansas City, Kan. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas in political science in 2000 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas three years later.
Judge Roberts, 35, said he had served about 4.5 years as Municipal Court Judge, starting in November of 2008. He is a native of Kansas City, Kan.
"It’s an honor to be appointed. It's going to be a fun challenge," Judge Roberts said. "I’m looking forward to joining their group, it’s a pretty distinguished group."
He said at first he may handle such cases as limited actions, municipal court appeals and preliminary hearings.
"Aaron’s a fine young man and we anticipate he’ll do a good job for the district court system," said Wyandotte County District Court administrator William Burns, "and he comes from a quality family."
Judge Roberts tentatively may be sworn in on May 24, Burns said.
Judge Johnson is retiring after more than 16 years in office. He became a district court judge in December 1996 and served until March 2013.
The state’s 105 counties are organized into 31 Judicial Districts. The district courts serve as the trial courts for the state, overseeing all civil and criminal cases. The 29th District covers all of Wyandotte County.