How to Appeal a Court’s Decision in Alaska?
To appeal a decision in Alaska, you must file a notice of appeal with the clerk of the appellate court in the jurisdiction of the original ruling. You must include the following paperwork with your notice:
- A complete list of all parties involved in the appeal.
- A copy of the final order or judgment of the original trial.
- A statement of points of appeal as required by Rule 204(e).
- The required filing fee.
You have only 30 days from the date of ruling to apply for an appeal. After filing you need to prepare your detailed brief and oral arguments to present to the court. The brief must be no more than 50 pages long and include the following sections:
- A table of contents, with titles, subtitles and page references.
- A table of precedent cases arranged alphabetically, statutes, and other authorities cited.
- The constitutional provisions, statutes, court rules, ordinances, and regulations relied upon for the appeal.
- A jurisdictional statement of the date on which judgment was entered, and whether the judgment is final or partial.
- A list of all parties involved in the case.
- A statement of the issues presented for review.
- A statement of the case, which briefly accounts the description of the case and the proceedings as well as the decision of the trial court.
- A discussion of the applicable standard of review.
- An argument section, containing the contentions of the appellant concerning the appeal, and the reasons, with citations.
- A short conclusion stating the desired outcome.
The oral arguments presented in the Alaskan Appellate Court is open to the public. Oral arguments are conducted at the following three Appellate Court locations:
- Anchorage arguments are held in the Supreme Court courtroom, fifth floor, Boney Courthouse, 303 K Street.
- Fairbanks arguments are held in Courtroom 502, fifth floor, Rabinowitz Courthouse, 101 Lacey Street.
- Juneau arguments are held in Courtroom A, first floor, Dimond Courthouse, 123 4th Street.
The proceedings are also broadcast on Gavel Alaska throughout Alaska, and you can even watch the arguments on TV.