Alaska Court Records

Alaska court records

Alaska court records are highly accessible via the Internet today, offering the public and legal professionals alike the ability to forego the time and energy needed to physically track down a court document of interest. Court records are often used when filing a new case for historical background, searching for information about a state statute that may affect the searcher, and even for every day tasks such as genealogy research and finding vital records.

There are several trial level courts which originate Alaska court records, and these cases are appealed to the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court with acceptance from the justices.

History of Alaska Court Records

Alaska became a state in 1959, which is when the state’s constitution took effect and provided for the superior courts and Supreme Court of Alaska. The Legislature then created district courts and gave the Supreme Court the power to determine the number of judges required for each district. Later, the Supreme Court created the Court of Appeals in 1980 to lower the high court’s appellate caseload.

Alaska Court Records Availability

Alaska’s law library has a main location in Anchorage, and boasts a wide network of law journal content as well as local, state and nationwide statutes in its collection. With a total of 16 law libraries statewide, the Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau locations are the only ones offering a regular staff.

Online Alaska court records searches can also produce court records from any one of the many trial courts in the state, which are located in each major city or municipality. Available Alaska court records can include civil and criminal court records, as well as historical documents outlining the state’s legislative history with past and current statutes on file.

Main Court Information

Alaska’s appellate courts are located in Anchorage and include the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. Appeals from trial courts are heard by the Court of Appeals to help reduce the caseload of the Supreme Court, which is the state’s court of last resort. Any case which is appealed from the Court of Appeals can petition the Supreme Court for a hearing.

Alaska court records from the Supreme Court can include opinions explaining reasoning behind a particular decision. Since the court decides cases on a bi-weekly basis, so these opinions are constantly being updated by the local law libraries. The high court may also issue a Memorandum Opinion, Judgment or Order in a case, depending upon the type of case reviewed and amount of legal reasoning used to make the decision.

Caseload Statistics

Alaska court records indicate the average number of cases filed with the Supreme Court is approximately 400. In 2007, 413 cases were filed and 404 dispositions were issued. In 2014, 408 cases were filed and 448 dispositions were issued.

Alaska Court Structure

Alaska Court Statistics

Alaska Courts receive 128,215 filings per year. In 2012, the court received 99,128 filings and gave 101,305 dispositions. In 2016, the state court caseload counted 118,130 filings and had 113,467 outgoing cases.

Family Court Cases

Domestic relations caseload of Alaska at year end of 2016 has decreased by 17.2% compared to the last 5 years, in 2012 the number of incoming cases have been 15,178 with a rate of 2,075 cases per 100000 population, lower than it’s in 2016.

Domestic Relations Clearance Rates

States with More & Less Domestic Relation Caseloads than Alaska

More Domestic Relations Cases than Alaska:
State: Caseload:
New York570,709
Less Domestic Relations Cases than Alaska:
State: Caseload:
Rhode Island9,335

Alaska Criminal Caseloads

The number of criminal cases in Alaska counts 27,448 with 6,423 felony cases and 21,022 misdemeanors accordingly.

Small Claims Caseloads & Rates

Caseload: Per 100K Population: Percent of Total Caseload: Max Limit in $:
7,328 988 32.0% $10,000

Alaska Court Locations

State Court Holidays

Holiday: Date:
New Year's DayMonday, January 1, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr. DayMonday, Jan 15, 2018
President's DayMonday, February 19, 2018
Seward's DayMonday, March 26, 2018
Memorial DayMonday, May 28, 2018
Independence DayWednesday, July 4, 2018
Labor DayMonday, September 3, 2018
Alaska DayThursday, October 18, 2018
Veterans Day (Observed)Monday, November 12, 2018
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 22, 2018
Christmas DayTuesday, December 25, 2018

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DISCLAIMER: The Alaska court records information accessible herein is derived from unofficial, publicly-available sources, does not constitute the official court records of any case, may not be up-to-date, complete, or accurate, and should not be relied upon by any person or entity for any purpose. This site is a third-party commercial entity that is neither authorized by nor affiliated with the Alaska Judiciary or the Alaska Administrative Office of State Courts in any way. The Alaska Judiciary and the Alaska Administrative Office of State Courts have not endorsed, warranted, or otherwise validated any of Alaska court records information available on this site.