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District Court Judge, District 27, Division 4

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    Patricia Macke Dick

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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 grew up in western Kansas and attended K-Stat where I met my husband, then went to KU for law school. After law school I returned to Reno County where my husband's family farm is. I practiced law for 7 years and then pursued my passion, juvenile law, by running for judge in 1988. For nearly 32 years I have
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Education BS- Kansas State University Juris Doctorate-University of Kansas
Community/Public Service Kansas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees Kansas Adoption Tracking Project Kansas Council of Chief Judges Representative for State initiative: Improving the Court and Community Response to Those with Mental Illness Kansas Pretrial Justice Task Force Kansas Women Attorney’s Association American Bar Association Kansas Bar Association National Conference of State Trial Judges National Association of Women Judges Reno County Bar Association Reno County Law Library Trustee Judge Mackie Dick Past Legal Activities District Judges Association Executive Board, President; Kansas Judicial Council: Family Law Advisory Committee, Juvenile Offender/Child in Need of Care Advisory Committee; Board of Governors, University of Kansas School of Law; Supreme Court Task Force on Permanency Planning; Kansas District Judges Association Executive Board; National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Permanency Planning Committee and Juvenile Delinquency Committee; American Judges Association; Kansas Bar Association Board of Governors 1992-2000, 2002-2006, Executive Committee 1995-1997, Continuing Legal Education Committee, CLE Long Range Planning Subcommittee, Family Law Section Secretary, Founded and chaired the Committee on Children; Conducted statewide survey of representation of children in Kansas Courts, coordinated CLE affecting children and families, Young Lawyers Section President, Client Security Committee, Annual Meeting Committee, State Law Day Chair, Multiple CLE presentations and publications; Kansas Women Attorneys Association-Regional Coordinator; Hutchinson Women Attorneys Association-Treasurer; American Bar Association Regional Representative to the Young Lawyers Division, Voting Delegate, Disaster Legal Services: Coordinated free legal services to victims of natural disasters in Kansas; Reno County Bar Association- Secretary, Bench/Bar Committee, Law Day Coordinator (multiple times), Kansas Child Safety and Permanency Panel-Chair; Kansas Children’s Campaign Out of School Task Force; Board Member Kansas Family Partnership, Inc., Adoptions in Child Time-Kansas Legal Services Advisory Board; Kansas Action for Children, Inc.: KIDS Count Steering Committee; Court, Education, S.R.S. Liaison Committee-Supreme Court Appointee; University of Kansas School of Social Welfare: Child Welfare and the Law Project Planning Committee, Statewide Technical Assistance and Training for Juvenile Courts-Continuing Legal Education for Guardians Ad Litem; Kansas Children’s Service League: Reno County Healthy Start Plus Advisory Board Chair; Juvenile Justice Authority Community Planning Convener, 27th Judicial District; Reno County Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board; 2003 Communities That Care Project, Hutchinson Key Leader and Community Board Member; Reno County Planning Council for Children and Families, Inc.; Reno County Drug and Alcohol Task Force-Chair; Reno County Youth Advisory Council; Reno County Protective Services Team; Advisory Board Visions of Hope, Inc. of Reno County: Home of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Citizen Review Boards (CRB)-Volunteer Trainer, Established CRB and Truancy CRB; Reno County Guardian Ad Litem Training Program-Established and Developed Training Program, Co-Authored and Edited Handbook. Civic Activities Hospice and Homecare of Reno County volunteer; P.E.O. Chapter JR; Past Civic Activities: Ulster Project of Greater Hutchinson, Board of Directors; Hutchinson Hospital Board of Directors, Liaison to Pediatrics Department; Mid-Kansas Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale, Inc.-Board of Directors; Parents as Teachers of Reno County Community Advisory Board; Hutchinson Salvation Army Advisory Board; Kansas Youth Choir, Inc.- President, Board of Directors; Samaritan Counseling Center, Hutchinson-Founding Board of Directors; Sunbeam Daycare Center, Buhler-Founding Board of Directors; Buhler Sunshine Home, Inc. Advisory Board; Buhler City Councilperson Other Activities Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale Committee Chair; Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale church liaison; Past activities: Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale Board of Directors. Former Buhler Mennonite Brethren Church: Church Council, Pastor Search Committee; Spiritual Gifts and Ministries Team-Chair; Pastoral Personnel Relations Committee; Sunday School Teacher, Praise Leader, Kids Club Leader, Celebration Choir, Worship Team. Current: Buhler Mennonite Church: Choir, KMRS Liaison
Address 206 W. 1st Ave. Hutchinson, KS 67501
To uphold the rule of law. To be fair and unbiased in applying the law.
COVID 19 presently. Trying to keep employees and consumers safe and able to appear in court.
I am not in favor of electing judges for these very reasons. That, and being good at campaigning is not really a necessary skill in a judge's toolbox.
SB 367 was passed in Kansas and we are working through the kinks and problems with it.
Follow the lead of other states and countries who have lower incarceration and lower crime rates.
Good question. There are very diverse resources available to the vastly different jurisdictions in our state courts. Community tolerance and prosecutor sought outcomes in the rural and urban areas make it difficult to keep things level. Judges are educated regularly to think outside the box but face differences they don't control from district to district.
Not sure I understand this question. But for certain kinds of sensitive cases, the courts are open to all, including the media.