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Current Rules of Court

Complete unannotated 2016 - 2017
Alaska Rules of Court

Including any currently effective, recent rule changes adopted after the print edition's publication deadline.

All Court Rules are provided as PDFs with bookmarks. Please see these instructions to copy content from the PDFs.

  • Note: The District Court Rules of Criminal Procedure were rescinded or renumbered in 2013.

See also Recent Rule Changes and Supreme Court Orders (SCOs)

About the Alaska Rules of Court

The Alaska Rules of Court are the rules for the administration of all courts in the state and for practice and procedure in civil and criminal cases established by the supreme court under the authority of the Alaska Constitution. The supreme court has also adopted rules for the practice of law in Alaska and procedural rules for children's matters, probate, and appeals.

The current Rules are available above, and the print version is available at all Alaska Court System law libraries and some public libraries. The official publisher of the Alaska Rules of Court is Tower Publishing. Their toll-free number is 1-800-969-8693.

Most Alaska rules are enacted and amended by supreme court order (SCO), which the court issues on a periodic basis. Print versions of all SCOs are available at the Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks law libraries. The Alaska Legislature may also change the court's procedural rules by passing an act expressing its intent to do so by a two-thirds majority of both houses. The Alaska Legislature website provides information about pending legislation.

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Recent Rule Changes

Rule changes since the October publication of the 2016-2017 main edition of the Alaska Rules of Court.

Note: If you are not able to access the PDF files listed below, please contact the Court Rules Office at 907-264-8231 for assistance.

Administrative Rule 6 amended by SCO 1896 effective October 15, 2016
Administrative Rule 40 amended by SCO 1899 effective January 1, 2017
Adoption Rule 1(f) added by SCO 1897 effective December 12, 2016
Adoption Rule 5 amended & note added by SCO 1886 effective January 1, 2017
Adoption Rule 5 amended by SCO 1898 effective January 1, 2017
Adoption Rule 6 amended & note added by SCO 1886 effective January 1, 2017
Bar Rule 16(c) revised by SCO 1903 effective October 15, 2017
Bar Rule 26(b) revised by SCO 1904 effective October 15, 2017
Bar Rule 43.1 revised by SCO 1901 effective April 15, 2017
Bar Rule 43.4 added by SCO 1881 effective October 15, 2017
Bar Rule 44 revised by SCO 1902 effective May 1, 2017
CINA Rule 1(f) added by SCO 1897 effective December 12, 2016
CINA Rule 17.3 adopted & note added by SCO 1886 effective January 1, 2017
Criminal Rule 5(a)(1) amended by SCO 1898 effective January 1, 2017
Criminal Rule 32.6 amended by SCO 1907 effective April 5, 2017
Criminal Rule 37(e) amended by SCO 1900 effective April 15, 2017
Delinquency Rule 23.2 amended by SCO 1907 effective April 5, 2017
Minor Offense Rule 1 amended by SCO 1895 effective November 1, 2016
Minor Offense Rule 3-13 amended by SCO 1895 effective November 1, 2016
Minor Offense Rule 5.1 adopted by SCO 1895 effective November 1, 2016
Minor Offense Rule 7.1 adopted by SCO 1895 effective November 1, 2016
Minor Offense Rule 17-18 amended by SCO 1895 effective November 1, 2016
Minor Offense Rule 23 adopted by SCO 1895 effective November 1, 2016
Probate Rule 2(b) & (d) amended by SCO 1906 effective February 22, 2017
Probate Rule 15(e) added by SCO 1897 effective December 12, 2016
Professional Conduct Rule 1.1 comments revised & added by SCO 1905 effective October 15, 2017
Professional Conduct Rule 1.6 rule revised & comments added by SCO 1905 effective October 15, 2017
Professional Conduct Rule 1.17 comment revised by SCO 1905 effective October 15, 2017
Professional Conduct Rule 1.18(a) & (b) rule & comment revised by SCO 1905 effective October 15, 2017
Professional Conduct Rule 4.4 revised by SCO 1905 effective October 15, 2017
Professional Conduct Rule 5.3 rule & comment revised by SCO 1905 effective October 15, 2017
Professional Conduct Rule 5.5 revised by SCO 1905 effective October 15, 2017
Professional Conduct Rule 7.1 comment revised by SCO 1905 effective October 15, 2017
Professional Conduct Rule 7.2 comment revised by SCO 1905 effective October 15, 2017
Professional Conduct Rule 7.3 rule & comment revised by SCO 1905 effective October 15, 2017
Professional Conduct Rule 9.1 rule & comment revised by SCO 1905 effective October 15, 2017

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Request for Comments

CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINES

Deadline for Comments: June 1, 2017

The Alaska Child Support Guidelines Rule (Civil Rule 90.3 and Commentary) is being reviewed.

Federal law requires that each state’s child support guidelines be reviewed every four years to ensure that the guidelines result in appropriate amounts of child support. The Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court appointed a special committee to conduct this review of the current guidelines.

Last spring, the committee asked for general comments on the guidelines. Now the committee is recommending specific changes to the guidelines and asking for your comments on them.

Briefly, the recommendations are to: (1) allow the amount of the current support obligation for prior children to be deducted when calculating support for subsequent children, whether "actually paid" or not; (2) remove the (a)(2) cap on the amount of support for prior children that may be deducted; (3) introduce a new deduction for the parent’s cost of the parent’s own health insurance; and (4) increase the income cap to reflect changes in the consumer price index.

The committee’s recommendations are presented in full and explained at the link below:

Child Support Guidelines Review Committee Recommendations

If you wish to suggest changes to the current support guidelines rule or comment on its effectiveness, please send your comments:

By email to:
-OR-
By mail to:

Rule 90.3, c/o Laura Bottger
Alaska Court System
820 West 4th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501

The Deadline for Comments is June 1, 2017

NOTE: All comments received are part of the public record and will not be treated as confidential by the Alaska Court System.

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