All magistrate judge courtrooms are equipped with a 4-channel recording system and can provide a record to attorneys and their clients upon request. Multi-channel IR headsets that facilitate assisted listening and interpreters of foreign languages are available in all courtrooms. An electronic evidence systems can be setup, depending on available resources. This will add the following functionality to a traditionally non-A/V courtroom: a document camera, DVD/VCR combo, laptop video input from attorney tables and/or lectern; audio input available for laptop and other sources from the lectern and attorney tables; 42” or 50” screens in front of the jury box and 19” monitors at each table for evidence viewing.
Karen Mitchell Humphreys was born in Ashland in Clark County, Kansas, in 1948. In 1970 she graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.A. in history and American studies. A juris doctorate degree was conferred on her in 1973 upon graduation from the K.U. School of Law. Her practice as an attorney included employment in both the public and private sectors. In 1978, she was appointed an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas, practicing in Topeka and Wichita until she entered private practice. Gov. Mike Hayden appointed her to the position of District Judge for the 18th Judicial District in Sedgwick County, Kansas, in 1987 where she served until 1993 when she was appointed to the federal bench as U.S. Magistrate Judge. The district judges designated her as Chief Magistrate Judge in 2003 in recognition of her professional contributions.
In conjunction with her official duties, Judge Humphreys serves frequently as a mediator in civil lawsuits. She maintains an active role as a faculty member for legal education seminars, including presentations to public and civic organizations. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Association and a member of the Wichita Bar Association, the Kansas Women Attorneys Association, and the Federal Magistrate Judges Association. Her career contributions have also been acknowledged with service awards from the Kansas Women Attorneys Association and the Wichita Bar Association. In addition to her professional pursuits, she has served as a director for the boards of several state and community non-profit organizations.