Archive for Thursday, July 31, 2008

Sebelius appoints new WyCo judge

July 31, 2008

A former prosecutor is Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' choice as the next Wyandotte County District Court judge.

Sebelius announced the appointment of Wes Griffin to the 29th Judicial District bench.

"Wes has demonstrated a strong understanding of the law while serving the citizens of Wyandotte County as an assistant district attorney and municipal judge," said Sebelius. "As district court judge, he will continue to promote a fair and impartial justice system."

Griffin earned his juris doctorate from the Washburn University School of Law and currently serves as an administrative judge for the Municipal Court of Kansas City. Previously, he served as the assistant city attorney of Kansas City and as the assistant district attorney of Wyandotte County.

Griffin is a member of the Piper Optimist Club and serves on the board of directors for the Wyandotte County Bar Association.

He will fulfill the unexpired term of Judge Philip Sieve, who has retired. The term runs until January 2011.

District courts are the trial courts of Kansas, with general original jurisdiction over all civil and criminal cases including divorce and domestic relations; damage suits; probate and administration of estates; guardianships; conservatorships; care of the mentally ill; juvenile justice matters; and small claims.

Griffin's wife, Joyce, is a certified public accountant and instructor at Kansas City Kansas Community College. They have three children.

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