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Alaska Trial Courts

Alaska Court System business hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Palmer courts have expanded hours for specific cases.
Court offices are closed all state-observed holidays.

There are two trial-level courts in Alaska: superior and district.

The superior court is the trial court of general jurisdiction. Each superior court is located in one of Alaska's four judicial districts. The boundaries of the four judicial districts are defined by state statute. The judicial districts define the boundaries for judicial retention elections at which voters indicate their approval or rejection of the judges and justices.

The Alaska Constitution provides that the legislature shall establish such lower courts as may be necessary. In 1959, the legislature created a district court for each judicial district and granted to the supreme court the power to increase or decrease the number of district court judges within each judicial district.

Magistrate judges preside over certain district court matters in areas of the state where services of a full-time district court judge are not required. Some magistrate judges serve more than one court location. Magistrate judges also serve in metropolitan areas to handle routine matters and to ease the workload of the district court.

Additional information about the judges and justices, jurisdiction, and composition of Alaska's courts is available on the Court Information page.

Attorney Addresses

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@akcourts.us for assistance.

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Request Copies

Case Files | Audio Recordings

Requesting Copies of Case Files

Requests for copies of case files should be submitted to the records department or clerk of court where the case was filed. You may submit your request in person or by mail to the court. Only the Anchorage court accepts requests by email. Email requests for copies are not accepted at other court locations. Please use one of the request forms listed below. 

Case File Request Forms:
Anchorage: TF-311 ANCH
Fairbanks: TF-311 FBKS
All Other Locations: TF-311

A complete list of Alaska Court System contact information is available on our website.

Most court files are available for public inspection. Files in some proceedings, such as juvenile matters, are confidential and only parties to the case are allowed access to the file.

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.

Requesting Copies of Audio Recordings

Submit requests for audio recordings in person or by mail to the clerk of court where the hearing was held. Please use one of the request forms listed below, and be sure to include $10 payment per CD.

Audio Recording Request Forms:
Anchorage: TF-304 ANCH
All Other Locations: TF-304

A complete list of Alaska Court System contact information is available on our website.

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Court Calendars

Trial court calendars in the Today column update at or before 7:30 am; additional updates are otherwise noted. Trial court calendars in the Next Business Day column update every hour unless otherwise noted. All calendars are subject to change. For the most current information about a trial court case, view the CourtView case record at http://www.courtrecords.alaska.gov/.

Trial court calendars include traffic matters and minor offense cases.

Prohibited Items Adobe Acrobat PDF logo

All trial court calendars are PDF files. You'll need to download a free copy of the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view and print calendars.
If you are not able to access any of the calendars listed below, please contact the HelpDesk at 907-264-8212 for assistance.

Court
Calendar Type
Today
Next Business Day
Anchorage By Superior Court Judge
By District Court Judge
By Party
Traffic Calendar
Superior Court Add-on (updated at 11:00 a.m.)
District Court Add-on (updated at 11:00 a.m.)
By Superior Court Judge
By District Court Judge
By Party
Traffic Calendar (updates every 3 hours)
Angoon By Judge By Judge (updates every 4 hours)
Aniak By Time By Time (updates every 3 hours)
Barrow By Party
By Time
By Time (updated hourly on the half hour)
By Party
By Time
Bethel By Judge
By Party
By Judge (updates every 3 hours)
By Party (updates every 3 hours)
Cordova By Time By Time (updates every 3 hours)
Craig By Judge
Add-on (updated at 11:00 a.m.)
By Judge (updates every 3 hours)
Delta Junction By Time By Time (updates every 3 hours)
Dillingham By Judge (updated at 7:45 a.m.)
By Party (updated at 7:45 a.m.)
Add-on (updated at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.)
By Judge (updates every 4 hours)
By Party (updates every 4 hours)
Emmonak By Time By Time (updates every 3 hours)
Fairbanks By Judge
By Party
Updates every hour on the half hour (Final version available at 3:30 p.m.):
By Judge
By Party
Fort Yukon By Time By Time (updates every 3 hours)
Galena By Time By Time (updates every 3 hours)
Glennallen By Time By Time (updates every 3 hours)
Haines By Judge By Judge (updates every 3 hours)
Homer By Judge By Judge
Hoonah By Judge By Judge (updates every 3 hours, includes calendar for next 7 days)
Hooper Bay By Time By Time (updates every 3 hours)
Juneau By Judge
By Party
Add-on (updated at 11:00 a.m.)
By Judge (updates every 2 hours)
By Party (updates every 2 hours)
Kake By Judge By Judge (updates every 3 hours)
Kenai By Judge
Add-on (updated at 9:30 a.m.)
By Judge
Ketchikan By Judge
Add-on (updated at 11:00 a.m.)
By Judge (updates every 2 hours)
Kodiak By Judge
By Judge (updates every hour on the hour)
By Party
By Judge (updates every 2 hours)
By Party (updates every 2 hours)
Kotzebue By Party
By Time
By Time (updated hourly on the half hour)
By Party
By Time (updated hourly on the half hour)
Naknek By Time (updated at 8:00 a.m.) By Time (updates every 4 hours)
Nenana By Time By Time (updates every 3 hours)
Nome By Party
By Time
By Time (updated hourly on the half hour)
Add-on (updated at 11:30 a.m.)
By Party
By Time (updated hourly on the half hour)
Palmer By Judge
By Party
Add-on (updated at 11:45 a.m.)
By Judge
By Party
Petersburg By Judge By Judge (updates every 3 hours)
St. Mary's By Time By Time (updates every 3 hours)
St. Paul By Judge (updated at 9:30 a.m.) By Judge (updates every 4 hours)
Sand Point By Time (updated at 7:40 a.m.) By Time (updates every 3 hours)
Seward By Judge
By Judge (updated at 11:00 a.m.)
By Judge
Sitka By Judge
Add-on (updated at noon)
By Judge (updates every 3 hours)
Skagway By Judge By Judge (updates every 4 hours)
Tok By Time By Time (updates every 3 hours)
Unalakleet By Time By Time (updates every 3 hours)
Unalaska By Time By Time (updates every 3 hours)
Valdez By Time By Time (updates every 3 hours)
Wrangell By Judge By Judge (updates every 3 hours)
Yakutat By Time By Judge (updates every 3 hours, includes calendar for next 7 days)

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Filing Fees

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

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Recent Filings & Case Dispositions

NOTE: If you are not able to access any of the reports listed below, please contact the HelpDesk at 907-264-8212 for assistance.

Legal Notices

Recent Filings & Case Dispositions Description
Adult Change of Name Cases Filed * Adobe Acrobat PDF logo Lists adult change of name cases filed in the prior month
Adult Change of Name Cases Granted * Adobe Acrobat PDF logo Lists adult change of name cases granted in the prior month
Criminal Charges Filed Adobe Acrobat PDF logo (updated daily at 9:00 p.m.) Lists criminal charges filed in the past seven days
Criminal Dispositions * Adobe Acrobat PDF logo Lists criminal cases closed in the prior month and the current month-to-date
Divorces and Dissolutions Granted * Adobe Acrobat PDF logo Lists divorces and dissolutions granted in the prior month
Estate Cases Filed * Adobe Acrobat PDF logo Lists estate cases filed in the prior month
Forcible Entry and Detainer Cases Filed * Adobe Acrobat PDF logo Lists forcible entry and detainer cases filed in the prior month

* updated weekly on Monday

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Alaska Pattern Jury Instructions

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

Pattern jury instructions are used by the trial judge to instruct members of the jury on the law applicable in the case before them. Lawyers may also use pattern jury instructions as they prepare for trial to ensure they address all the elements of their case.

The Alaska Civil Pattern Jury Instructions and Alaska Criminal Pattern Jury Instructions are available online on the Court's website. The Alaska Civil Pattern Jury Instructions are also available in print at the Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau Alaska State Court Law Libraries. These instructions have not been approved or promulgated by any court or the Alaska Bar Association.

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Therapeutic Courts

General Information

Anchorage Daily News - Alcohol & Me: Wellness Court (hosted by YouTube)

For Felonies Only:

For Felonies & Misdemeanors:

For Misdemeanors Only:

For Juvenile Offenders:

For Child in Need of Aid Cases Only:

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Transcripts and Transcribers

The Alaska Court System has an open solicitation (ACS-12-005 Adobe Acrobat PDF logo 568 KB) for qualified responders to be added to the list of transcribers contracted with the court.

Solicitation responses may be submitted to the Alaska Court System Purchasing Department at any time but must be received by Friday, September 23, 2011 at 2:00p.m. AKST (Alaska Standard Time) to be included in the initial list of contractors.

Any questions referring to the solicitation process should be directed to the Purchasing Department, contact information provided below. Any questions referring to the transcript process should be directed to Transcript Coordinator, Irma Hernandez, at ihernandez@akcourts.us.

Alaska Court System - Purchasing Department
820 West 4th Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
ATTN: Jesse Head - Procurement Specialist II

Manual of Transcript Procedures (TF-410) Adobe Acrobat PDF logo 360 KB

Court proceedings are recorded using CourtSmart and FTR software. CourtSmart recordings include the software required for playback and transcription. For FTR recordings, visit the FTR website and select "Downloads" to get a free copy of FTR Player Plus. Free registration required.

NOTE: The court system does not provide transcription services to the general public. Audio recordings are available through the Clerk's Office at the court location where the hearing took place.

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Trial Court Publications

Administrative Appeals - Instructions for Administrative Agencies Adobe Acrobat PDF logo is an addendum to the Alaska Court System Appeals Manual which outlines the procedures administrative agencies should follow in the event of an appeal of its decision.

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Matters Under Advisement

Under Alaska law, a pay check may not be issued to a trial court judge until the judge has filed an affidavit affirming that no matter referred to the judge has been uncompleted or undecided for more than six months. AS 22.10.190(b) & AS 22.15.220(c). This provision is known as "the six-month rule.” The following "rules” or protocols are used to determine when a matter is under advisement and subject to the six-month rule. These protocols were adopted by the presiding trial court judges in 2002 to provide direction to the programmers who were developing management reports for the new trial court case management system (CourtView).

When a Trial Court Matter is Under Advisement
and Subject to the Six-Month Rule

(A) Motions. A motion is under advisement and subject to the six-month rule after the last of the following events:

(B) Decisions Following Trial. When a matter is taken under advisement following trial, the six-month rule begins to run on the last day of trial. If the judge requests supplemental briefing following trial, the six-month rule begins to run after that briefing has been filed and any oral argument or hearing has been held.

(C) Satisfaction of Six-Month Rule. The six-month rule is satisfied when an order or judgment is signed, or, in the case of an oral order, when the judicial officer enters the order on the electronic record. The six-month rule is satisfied for a master when the master signs the report.

(D) Reassignments and Stays. If a case is reassigned to a judge in the same court location, the six-month rule re-starts at day one for all pending matters on the effective date of the reassignment order. If a case is reassigned to a judge in another court, the six-month rule re-starts at day one when that judge receives a copy of the case file from the original judge. If a case is stayed, the six-month rule re-starts at day one on the effective date of the order lifting the stay.

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Rev. 3 October 2014
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