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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I learn more about the Alaska Court System?

Information about the Alaska Court System, its structure, the jurisdiction of the various courts, the judges in each judicial district, and explanations of the judicial selection and retention processes is available on the court's website.

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Who are Alaska's supreme court justices?

Biographical information about Alaska's supreme court justices is available on the court's website.

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How are new judges selected?

Information about the judicial selection process is available on the Alaska Judicial Council's website.

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How do I file a complaint against a judge?

The Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct reviews complaints concerning Alaskan judges. Any person can file a complaint against a state judge. The complaint should be in writing and should include the judge's name, the facts that constitute misconduct, a case number if it involves a court case, and the names of others present or aware of the facts.

Additional information is available on the Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct's website.

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Where do I find information about jury duty

The Alaska Trial Jury Handbook Adobe Acrobat PDF logo provides general information about jury service. The handbook may provide some answers to your questions.

If you have other questions regarding jury duty contact the jury clerk at the court location where you have been summoned for jury service.

Contact information for the various court locations can be found in the Alaska Courts Directory.

Scroll down to the Table of Contents and click on the court location to see the contact information.
Smaller courts: call the phone number listed directly below the court address.
Larger courts (such as the Anchorage Trial Courts): call the phone number listed under Jury Division.

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Where do I find mediation information?

The Alaska Court System's mediation page provides information about mediation.

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Where can I get information about executing on the PFD?

The court system has a booklet called Executing on the Permanent Fund Dividend: Creditor's Instructions (CIV-503), which describes the process for seizing someone's Permanent Fund Dividend. You'll need to download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view and print the booklet. CIV-503 is also available in the clerk's office at all Alaska court locations.

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Where can I get a venue map?

View the venue map online. Judicial district lines are also shown on the venue map. You'll need to download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view and print the map.

The Anchorage and Fairbanks Customer Service Division sell venue maps for $25. Contact them at:

Customer Service Division
825 W. 4th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
907-264-0514
Customer Service Division
101 Lacey St.
Fairbanks, AK 99701
907-452-9277

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How do I get a copy of the Alaska pattern jury instructions?

Attention: These instructions are NOT for persons who have been summoned for petit or grand jury service.

The Alaska Pattern Civil Jury Instructions and Alaska Pattern Criminal Jury Instructions are available on the court's website. Print copies are also available for review at the Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Ketchikan branches of the Alaska State Court Law Library.

The criminal jury instructions are also available on CD-ROM from the Alaska Court System's Administrative Office, 907-264-8232.

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Where can I find information about filing fees?

Filing fees are set forth in Administrative Rule 9, Fee Schedule.

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Where can I find information about witness fees?

Witness fees are set forth in Administrative Rule 7.

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What is the court system's mileage rate?

Current Rate

As of January 1, 2014, the current rates at which state employees are reimbursed for approved travel in privately-owned vehicles are:

Automobiles: $0.560 per mile
Airplanes GSA Rate: $1.310 per mile
Airplanes Dry Rate: $1.040 per mile
Motorcycles, snowmobiles and boats: $0.530 per mile

These rates are set by the Division of Finance in the state's Department of Administration.
Website: State of Alaska Mileage Reimbursement Rates Adobe Acrobat PDF logo

The Travel Section of the Alaska Administration Manual describes state travel policy. Section 60.150 concerns travel in privately owned aircraft. Section 60.140 concerns travel in privately owned vehicles (including boats). Note: This manual is not updated each time the rates change, so the mileage rates quoted in it may not be up to date.

Past Rates

Chart showing mileage rates since April 1, 1999:

Privately Owned Vehicles Mileage Reimbursement Rates:

Effective Date

Automobiles

Airplanes
GSA Rate*

Airplanes
Dry Rate*

Motorcycles, Snowmobiles, Boats

January 1, 2014
$0.560
$1.310
$1.040
$0.530
January 1, 2013
$0.565
$1.330
$1.040
$0.535
July 1, 2012
$0.555
$1.310
$1.040
$0.525
July 1, 2011
$0.555
$1.290
$1.020
$0.480
January 1, 2011
$0.510
$1.290
$1.020
$0.480
July 1, 2010
$0.500
$1.290
$1.020
$0.470
May 1, 2010
$0.500
$1.290
$0.470
January 1, 2010
$0.500
$1.260
 
$0.585
January 1, 2009
$0.550
$1.260
 
$0.585
August 1, 2008
$0.585
$1.260
 
$0.585
July 1, 2008
$0.585
$1.070
 
$0.305
January 1, 2008
$0.505
$1.070
 
$0.305
January 1, 2007
$0.485
$1.070
 
$0.305
January 1, 2006
$0.445
$1.070
 
$0.305
October 1, 2005
$0.485
$1.070
 
$0.305
April 1, 2005
$0.405
$1.070
 
$0.305
January 1, 2005
$0.405
$0.995
 
$0.285
October 1, 2004
$0.375
$0.995
 
$0.285
January 1, 2004
$0.375
$0.995
 
$0.285
January 1, 2003
$0.360
$0.965
 
$0.275
January 1, 2002
$0.365
$0.965
 
$0.275
July 1, 2001
$0.345
$0.965
 
$0.275
January 1, 2001
$0.345
$0.880
 
$0.260
October 1,2000
$0.325
$0.880
 
$0.260
January 1, 2000
$0.325
$0.450
 
$0.200
April 1, 1999
$0.310
$0.450
 
$0.200

* NOTE: Airplane GSA rates reimburse employees for all costs, including fuel. Beginning July 1, 2010, the State developed a dry rate to ensure that employees who use their personal airplanes in areas where fuel rates are higher may be reimbursed for these higher fuel costs.

Witness Mileage

The court rules require that the mileage rate used to reimburse witnesses in court cases be “the rate allowed for state employees.” Note: Witnesses are only entitled to be reimbursed for travel costs if they are required to travel more than 30 miles from their residence to the court. Administrative Rule 7(b).

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What is the court system's per diem rate?

The current per diem rate is provided in Alaska Per Diem Rates. Adobe Acrobat PDF logo

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How do I become a notary public?

The Lieutenant Governor appoints notaries public. Visit the Lieutenant Governor's notary page for more information.

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How do I file for bankruptcy?

Bankruptcies are filed in federal court. Bankruptcy forms are not provided by the court, but may be purchased from stationery stores. Please note that some school loans, some credit card debts and some taxes and other types of debt are not dischargeable in bankruptcy. An attorney is not required to file bankruptcy unless a corporation is involved.

The bankruptcy court is open to the public Monday - Friday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm only. Their address is 605 W. 4th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. Visit the United States Bankruptcy Court website or call 907-271-2655 for more information.

Alaska Legal Services Corporation offers a free bankruptcy class in Anchorage and Fairbanks. This class will teach you how to file your own paper work in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. Participation in this class is by appointment only. Call Alaska Legal Services Corporation at (907) 452-5181.

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How do I change my name?

If you are an adult (over 18 years old), you can legally change your name by filing a petition in the superior court. A petition to legally change a child's name can only be filed by an adult on behalf of a child.

Change of name packets for children (CIV-692) and adults (CIV-698) are available in the clerk's office at all Alaska court locations, and on our court forms page. These packets contain instructions and all of the necessary forms that you need. The filing fee is $150.

You should also consult the Alaska Rules of Court and Alaska Statutes for rules and statutes that may pertain to your case. The Alaska Rules of Court and Alaska Statutes are also available at many public libraries and at all Alaska State Court Law Library branches.

The Alaska Rules of Court and Alaska Statutes about name changes are:

  • Civil Rule 84
Establishes the procedure for changing names.
  • AS 09.55.010
Gives the superior court the power to hear change of name cases and sets the standard that the court must use in deciding whether to grant a name change.
  • AS 25.24.165
Describes the procedure for changing a person's name in a divorce or dissolution of marriage. Also see AS 25.24.230(f) concerning dissolutions.

PLEASE NOTE: other rules and statutes may apply to your case.

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How do I file for a dissolution of marriage?

Dissolution forms (DR-10 through DR-610) and packets (which include forms and instructions) are available in the clerk's office at all Alaska court locations. Some of the dissolution forms are also available on the court's website.

You should also consult the Alaska Rules of Court and Alaska Statutes for rules and statutes that may pertain to your case. The Alaska Rules of Court and Alaska Statutes are also available at many public libraries and at all law libraries statewide.

The Alaska Court System's Family Law Self-Help Center offers assistance with dissolution matters.

Alaska Corporation offers free divorce and custody clinics in various cities. Consult their clinic schedule for more information.

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How do I file a small claims case?

The small claims process is for matters involving $10,000 or less. You do not need an attorney, but all parties involved must agree to use the small claims procedure.

Small claims forms and the small claims handbook are available in the clerk's office at all Alaska court locations. Some small claims forms are also available on the court's website.

You should also consult the Alaska Rules of Court and Alaska Statutes for rules and statutes that may pertain to your case. The Alaska Rules of Court and Alaska Statutes are also available at many public libraries and at all law libraries statewide.

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How do I adopt my stepchild?

Stepparent adoption forms (P-400 through P-435) are available in the clerk's office at all Alaska court locations. Some stepparent adoption forms are also available on the court system's website.

You should also consult the Alaska Rules of Court and Alaska Statutes for rules and statutes that may pertain to your case. The Alaska Rules of Court and Alaska Statutes are also available at many public libraries and at all law libraries statewide.

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How do I get a marriage license?

The marriage license application and instructions are available on the Vital Statistics website.

Information about the marriage commissioner appointments is available on the court's website.

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How do I get a copy of my birth certificate?

You can get a form to request a copy of your birth certificate at the Vital Statistics website.

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How do I get a copy of my divorce?
How do I get a copy of a case file?

Contact the records department or clerk of court where the case was filed. A complete list of all Alaska Court System locations and contact information is available on the court's website.

You can search Trial Court Cases online to get basic case information, such as the case number and court location.

Most court records are available for public inspection. Copies are 25¢ per page. A certified copy of a document is $5.00. There is a $15.00 per hour research fee. A deposit may be required on some copy requests.

Records in some proceedings, such as juvenile matters, are confidential and only parties to the case are allowed access to the file.

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How do I find an attorney?

Lawyer Referral

The Alaska Bar Association offers a Lawyer Referral Service, available Monday - Friday 8:30 am - Noon; 1:00 - 4:00 pm:

907-272-0352
800-770-9999 (Outside Anchorage)

This service provides you with the names and phone numbers of three attorneys who practice in the area of law you need help with. If you use one of those three attorneys, you are guaranteed a rate of $125 or less for the first half hour of their time. Please note that this service includes only those attorneys who have requested to participate - it does not include all members of the Alaska Bar Association. You can also consult telephone yellow pages, or ask people you know to recommend a good attorney. Court staff cannot provide attorney recommendations.

Unbundled Services limited legal services

Some attorneys are willing to provide limited legal services to clients. This is called "unbundled services" or discrete task representation. Basically instead of hiring an attorney for full representation, the client would hire the attorney to perform a specific service that they both agree upon. This may involve:

The Family Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association has created a list of attorneys who provide Unbundled Legal Services. Please note this list includes only those attorneys who have requested to participate - it does not include all members of the Alaska Bar Association. You can also contact individual attorneys to see if they will do unbundled services. Court staff, including Self-Help Center staff, cannot provide attorney recommendations.

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What if I can't afford an attorney?

There are different options to consider. Some programs that provide free attorneys which may be an option depending on your case type. There are also some attorneys who will do pay-as-you go services or limited legal services (known as “unbundled services”). There is also a court program, the Family Law Self-Help Center, to help people represent themselves in family law cases.

Free Legal Services

Alaska Legal Services Corporation offers some legal services in civil cases to individuals who meet their income guidelines. Visit their website for more information.

The Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pro Bono Program provides free attorneys to some domestic violence victims, primarily in divorce and custody cases but also in other civil matters. See their website for more information and to see how to apply for services.

The Family Law Self-Help Center is a statewide service provided by the Alaska Court System to help people represent themselves in family law cases. The Center explains court procedures and which forms are options in different situations. This information helps people to resolve their family law disputes in court and move their cases along faster.

Unbundled Services - limited legal services

Some attorneys are willing to provide limited legal services to clients. This is called "unbundled services" or discrete task representation. Basically instead of hiring an attorney for full representation, the client would hire the attorney to perform a specific service that they both agree upon. This may involve:

The Family Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association has created a list of attorneys who provide Unbundled Legal Services. Please note this list includes only those attorneys who have requested to participate - it does not include all members of the Alaska Bar Association. You can also contact individual attorneys to see if they will do unbundled services. Court staff, including Self-Help Center staff, cannot provide attorney recommendations.

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How can I find out if an attorney's ever had a complaint filed against him/her?

Contact the Alaska Bar Association to find out if an Alaskan attorney has had any disciplinary actions taken against them:

907-272-7469
800-770-9999 (Outside Anchorage)

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How do I file a complaint against an attorney?

Contact the Alaska Bar Association Discipline Section to obtain a complaint packet:

907-272-7469
800-770-9999 (Outside Anchorage)
907-272-2932 (fax)

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Where do I get information about the Alaska bar exam?

Information about the Alaska bar exam is available on the Alaska Bar Association's website, or call the Alaska Bar Association:

907-272-7469
800-770-9999 (Outside Anchorage)

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How do attorney addresses get updated with the court system?

The court maintains attorney addresses in CourtView using the "business" address on file with the Alaska Bar Association. This is the address that courts use when distributing notices, orders and judgments. If there is no business address on file with the Bar, CourtView will reflect "Address not provided" in the address field.

Whenever an attorney’s business address changes, it is important that the attorney immediately submit an Address Change Form with the Bar Association. This form is available on the Bar’s website: https://www.alaskabar.org/ Attorney addresses in CourtView are updated weekly from a file received from the Alaska Bar Association.

NOTE: If you have multiple business addresses where court documents are sent, please e-mail the court at library@courts.state.ak.us for assistance.

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Rev. 27 May 2014
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