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District Court Judge, District 13, Division 4

District Court Judge, District 13, Division 4

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    Chad M. Crum

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What is the appropriate role of the courts in today’s society? How would you best communicate that role to improve public understanding in your district?

What are the most pressing problems facing this District court? How do you propose handling these issues?

Please address the issue of maintaining impartiality, given the need to raise funds and solicit sponsorships for political campaigns.

What, if any, steps should our state take concerning the juvenile offender population? What do you see as the root cause of Juvenile offenses? What, if any, alternatives to current practice would you consider?

What, if any, steps [will you/should our state] take concerning the overall prison population?

How can the court system address the inequalities in our justice system?

How can the court become more transparent so the public has a view of the judges’ work?

Personal Biography I was born and raised in Augusta. I have been practicing law in all three counties in the 13th Judicial District for the last 20 years. Since 2007 I have been with Davis, Manley & Lane, LLC in El Dorado. My wife Jamie has worked as a dental hygienist in Augusta for 20 years. We have two young sons who participate in little league t-ball and soccer in Augusta. I am the son of Dr. J. David and Betty Crum of Augusta. Jamie is the daughter of Bob and Pam Hubbard of Augusta.
Campaign Address 1226 Euclid
Augusta, KS 67010
Campaign Phone (316) 650-9589
Campaign Email
Education Augusta High School Kansas State University (BA) University of Tulsa (JD)
Community/Public Service Kansas Bar Association 13th Judicial District Bar Association, past president United Way, past president Promote Andover, Inc., past president Augusta Little League Soccer, coach
Address 1226 Euclid Augusta, KS 67010
The appropriate role of the courts is to ensure that all litigants are afforded due process and the protections guaranteed by the Constitution. This can be communicated to the public through various social media platforms, websites, and word of mouth from those who have first hand experience with the courts.
The most pressing problem facing this judicial district is getting cases back on the Court's calendar that were postponed during the Covid-19 shutdown. Being that most hearings are being conducted by Zoom video conferencing, it is imperative that judges have procedures in place to accommodate the introduction of physical evidence and for litigants to be able to confront accusers and witnesses by oral examination.
A judge must always remain fair and impartial on every case. If a matter comes before him/her involving a campaign donor or sponsor that would impede the ability to do so, that judge should withdraw from the case.
Kansas has made significant reforms to the Juvenile Justice system the last several years. In my opinion the biggest step that can be made concerning the juvenile offender population is for more law enforcement and prosecutorial discretion over what is actual criminal activity as opposed to youthful hijinx. Many juveniles who come through the system have already faced strict punishment at home or at school, and are now burdened with court appearances and probation for minor youthful indiscretions.
Judges in Kansas are bound by the Kansas Sentencing Guidelines, which provide a sentencing structure that seeks to standardize felony sentences based on the severity level of the crime and the defendant's prior criminal history. A judge must make a case by case determination if the defendant's conduct and the safety of the community warrant a prison sanction within the guidelines.
The court system should treat every person respectfully and without prejudice. Judges should strive to make every person who comes before the court to feel like they were treated fairly, regardless of the outcome of the case.
With the exception of juvenile cases, District Court hearings are open to the public. I encourage anyone who is interested to spend some time at the courthouse sitting in on different types of cases. Now that most hearings are being held by Zoom video conferencing, they can be viewed on You Tube.