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 If you're seeking state court records, you can use the Alaska Court View system ( 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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01, Apr 2015 - Anchorage, AK Trio indicted for allegedly transporting cocaine through McCarran
A Henderson resident and two other men were arrested in connection with a drug and money laundering conspiracy investigation involving the smuggling of cocaine to Alaska through McCarran International Airport, Alaska's U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler said Tuesday.
01, Apr 2015 - Youth Courts of Alaska Students Train to be Leaders
The United Youth Courts of Alaska is notable for encouraging youth leadership in the legal system and students' own communities. Branches from across Alaska flew into Kodiak last Thursday for the 20th Annual United Youth Courts of Alaska Conference. Download Audio
01, Apr 2015 - Anchorage, AK Chesapeake man sent child porn with PlayStation Vita
NORFOLK A Chesapeake man was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for distributing child pornography using a Sony PlayStation Vita hand-held console. Michael Odell Shaddeau, 31, pleaded guilty in December following three parallel investigations by Homeland Security Investigations, the Chesapeake Police Department and the Anchorage Police Department in Alaska.
01, Apr 2015 - Alaska News Nightly: April 1, 2015
House OKs Timber Payments, But Alaskans Can't Count on It; Proposal Would Reject Pay Increases For Public Employees; Legislature Votes To End School Bond Reimbursements, But Uncertainty Lingers For Anchorage; Medicaid Expansion Bill Clears First Hurdle; Study Says Terrestrial Foods Can't Replace Polar Bears' Energy-Dense Diet; NOAA Report Shows Slight Increase In Cook Inlet Beluga Population ...
01, Apr 2015 - Judge allows for subpoena in Pebble lawsuit
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge says the group behind the proposed Pebble Mine can serve a subpoena on an Internet services provider to preserve emails from a former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency employee and an attorney who has represented Pebble critics. Attorneys for the Pebble Limited Partnership made the request to keep emails from being deleted as part of routine server ...
31, Mar 2015 - Alaska News Nightly: March 31, 2015
Feds Move Shell Closer to Chukchi Drilling this Summer; Gas Line Power Struggle Continues Between Governor, Legislators; Anchorage Democrats Offer ‘Emergency Fix’ For Alaska’s Oil Tax System; Kuskokwim Working Group Asks For Limited Setnet Openers; Yup’ik Fishermen Case Likely Headed for Alaska Supreme Court, Federal Court; ADF&G Online Store Streamlines Permitting Process; Public Comment Sought ...
31, Mar 2015 - Federal judge rejects lawsuit against old-growth timber sale
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A logging project in the Tongass National Forest is closer to beginning after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by conservation groups. U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline in Anchorage ruled in favor of the U.S. Forest Service on Friday, KTVA ( ) reported. The ...
31, Mar 2015 - Yup’ik Fishermen Case Likely Headed for Alaska Supreme Court, Federal Court
The Alaska Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court’s decision that Yup’ik fishermen who fished for King salmon during a state closure should be convicted. The decision was issued Friday. Download Audio
31, Mar 2015 - Sec. Jewell gives thumbs up to oil leases in Arctic waters
U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has validated 2008 oil leases in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea, leases which Shell Oil wants to begin drilling this summer using an Arctic drilling fleet with its home port in Seattle. Jewell approved a court-directed revision of an environmental impact statement for the Chukchi Sea leases, which should have been completed before the Bush administration sold leases in ...
31, Mar 2015 - Juneau, AK Senate panel holding summit on crime
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Senate Judiciary Committee is planning to hold a crime summit Wednesday afternoon. A focus will be on reducing Alaska's recidivism rates. In a press release, the committee's chair, Sen. Lesil McGuire, said if the state continues on the path it's on, it will have to ...
31, Mar 2015 - Wishbone Hill Coal Project Draws Lawsuit
The Trustees for Alaska are going back to court to fight a federal okay for coal mining at Wishbone Hill in Palmer. Trustee attorneys filed a lawsuit in federal court in Anchorage today (on Wednesday) on behalf of the Castle Mountain Coalition and other groups opposed to coal mining in the area.
31, Mar 2015 - Juneau, AK 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. Making Alaska the third state to legalize recreational marijuana was the goal of a coalition including libertarians, ...
31, Mar 2015 - Big Thorne Timber Sale Lawsuit Dismissed
The Big Thorne Timber Sale lawsuit has been dismissed by a federal judge in Anchorage. Alaska U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline granted summary judgment on Friday in favor of the defendants, and rejected every argument brought forward by the plaintiffs.
31, Mar 2015 - Native Nonprofits Want State to Change on Adoption Case
All the regional Native nonprofits in the state, which represent most of the tribes in Alaska, have issued a joint statement asking Governor Bill Walker to change his position in the court case Tununuk II vs. the state of Alaska. They say Walker’s position will make it very difficult for tribal members to adopt Native children. The state says it’s only arguing for compliance with a U.S. Supreme ...
31, Mar 2015 - Supreme Court Grants Stay in Education Funding Case
The Alaska Supreme Court has granted the state’s motion for a stay pending appeal in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s lawsuit regarding education funding. In a brief one-page ruling, the order simply stated: “The motion is granted. The superior court’s judgment is stayed pending appeal.”
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