Courts in Alaska
Court Records, Directory And News in AK
Alaska's trial courts are called district courts and superior courts. District courts hear the majority of domestic violence, small claims, and misdemeanor cases, and superior courts hear all types of civil and criminal cases. If you're filing an appeal of a district court decision, you would file this in superior court. Alaska's court system also includes its court of appeals and the Alaska Supreme Court. There are no municipal (city) courts in Alaska.
You can obtain a number of Alaska court forms on their website, at http://www.courts.alaska.gov/forms.htm. If you're seeking state court records, you can use the Alaska Court View system (http://www.courtrecords.alaska.gov/) to obtain information including the names of the parties, the type of case, and a copy of the court docket. You can also find information regarding wills in Alaska, and can even pay your traffic ticket online via Court View. If you're simply trying to find out if someone has a criminal record in Alaska, you may get all of the information you need from this online database. However, if you want to get copies of court documents in Alaska, you must contact the court in question via phone, in writing, or in-person.
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28, Feb 2015 - Alaska becomes 3rd state with legal marijuana
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Smoking, growing and possessing marijuana becomes legal in America's wildest state Tuesday, thanks to a voter initiative aimed at clearing away 40 years of conflicting laws and court rulings.
28, Feb 2015 - Judge Hears Arguments On Stay In Education Lawsuit
Ketchikan Superior Court Judge William Carey heard arguments Friday over whether he should approve a stay of his January decision that the State of Alaska’s requirement that local communities provide a specific amount for public education violates the Alaska Constitution. Download Audio
27, Feb 2015 - Judge Denies Stay In State Education Lawsuit
A superior court ruling that invalidates the State of Alaska’s longheld practice of requiring municipal governments to contribute a specific amount toward public education remains in place for now.
27, Feb 2015 - State To Appeal Education Funding Lawsuit Ruling
The State of Alaska announced Wednesday that it will appeal a final ruling by Superior Court Judge William Carey in favor of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s long-held argument that the state’s required local contribution for public education violates Alaska’s Constitution. Download Audio
27, Feb 2015 - Lawsuit Challenges Alaska’s Regulation Restricting Abortions For Low Income Women
State Superior Court judge John Suddock will decide on Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest's complaint against the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Download Audio
27, Feb 2015 - Alaska News Nightly: February 27, 2015
Alaska Senators Split On Homeland Security Funding Bill; Judge Denies Stay In State Education Lawsuit; With Medicaid Language Stripped From Budget, Path To Expansion Uncertain; Powerful Storm To Push Across Interior Alaska; Cargo Ship Released, Crew to Stay Behind as Pollution Case Continues; State Considers B.C. Mines As Promoters Plan Visit; Tractor Trailer Rolls Over On Dalton Highway ...
27, Feb 2015 - Southeast Alaska tribal organization OKs gay marriage
SITKA, Alaska (AP) _ Southeast Alaska's largest tribal organization has given the go-ahead to its courts to perform weddings for gay couples.
27, Feb 2015 - Seattle council member Kshama Sawant arraigned for disorderly conduct
SEATAC – Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant accused of disorderly conduct told a judge she doesn’t need a lawyer. In December police arrested Sawant and several other minimum wage supporters for blocking the road during a protest outside Alaska Airlines headquarters. “This is not about disorderly conduct it’s about minimum wage,” Sawant said. Seatac […]
27, Feb 2015 - Juneau, AK Alaska Budget Cuts Threaten Local Jails
Police departments across the state have been taken aback by a state Department of Corrections proposal to end funding for local jails. Sitka is one of several local departments who say the cuts are so deep, it could force their jail to close. Download Audio
26, Feb 2015 - “Justice Not Politics Alaska” Fighting Changes To Alaska’s Judge Selection Process
A statewide group is fighting a proposed change in Alaska’s judge selection process pushed by a Fairbanks Senator.
26, Feb 2015 - Alaska News Nightly: February 6, 2015
Health Department Says Medicaid Expansion Can Save State Money; Report: Mat-Su Behavioral Health Services Inadequate; Supreme Court Denies Rachelle Waterman Appeal; State Seeks Delay In Indian Country Expansion; Kuskokwim Fishermen Set Sights on Co-Management; Cook Inlet LNG Will Require Lead Time; High Winds, Low Temperatures Cut Through Southeast Alaska; AK: Climate Change and the Quest; 300 ...
26, Feb 2015 - Bethel, AK Alaska News Nightly: February 24, 2015
Sec. Jewell On The Hot Seat In Murkowski’s Committee; As Pot Becomes Legal, Alaska Communities Rush For Short-Term Laws; Trial Challenging Restrictions For Medicaid-Funded Abortions Continues In Anchorage; Diomede Enters More than One Month Without Flights; Bethel Reacts to Walker Administration’s firing of DA; Community Members Want Action From Muni To Get More Detox Facilities; Bill Changes ...
24, Feb 2015 - Recreational marijuana becomes legal in Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Smoking, growing and possessing marijuana becomes legal in America's wildest state Tuesday, thanks to a voter initiative aimed at clearing away 40 years of conflicting laws and court rulings.
24, Feb 2015 - Alaska legalises marijuana
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Smoking, growing and possessing marijuana becomes legal in America’s wildest state Tuesday, thanks to a voter initiative aimed at clearing away 40 years of conflicting laws and court...
24, Feb 2015 - Alaska Court of Appeals Denies Rachelle Waterman Appeal
More than a decade after the original crime took place, the Alaska Supreme Court denied Rachelle Waterman’s appeal of her conviction in the death of her mother. Download Audio
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