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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.

Alaska Court Records

History of Alaska Courts

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 Statistics

Alaska Courts recieve 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 dispositions.

Total State Caseloads

Year Caseloads
2012 135,644
2013 132,597
2014 132,846
2015 121,856
2016 118,130

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 Available Alaska court records can include civil and criminal court records, as well as historical documents outlining the state’s legislative history with past and current statutes on file.

Share of Court Type Incoming Caseloads

Court Type Caseloads
Traffic: 55,305 (46.8 %)
Domestic Relations: 12,562 (10.6 %)
Criminal: 27,448 (23.2 %)
Civil: 22,815 (19.3 %)

Share of Court Type Outgoing Caseloads

Court Type Caseloads
Traffic: 50,562 (44.6 %)
Domestic Relations: 12,496 (11.0 %)
Criminal: 27,600 (24.3 %)
Civil: 22,809 (20.1 %)

Alaska 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.

Family Court Cases

Domestic relations caseload of Alaska at year end 2016 has decreased by 20.8% compared to the last 5 years, in 2012 the number of incoming cases was 15,178 with a rate of 2,075 cases per 100,000 population, higher than it's in 2016.

Year Domestic Relations Caseload Total Statewide Caseload
2013 13,286 132,597
2014 13,408 132,846
2015 12,783 121,856
2016 12,562 118,130

Domestic Relations Clearance Rates

Year Incoming Caseload Outgoing Caseload Caseload per 100,000 Population
2013 13,286 13,320 1,807
2014 13,408 13,161 1,820
2015 12,783 12,797 1,731
2016 12,562 12,496 1,693

States with More & Less Domestic Relation Caseloads than Alaska

More Domestic Relations Cases than Alaska:

State: Caseload:
New York 570,709
Texas 397,468
California 388,903
Pennsylvania 342,163
Virginia 342,040

Less Domestic Relations Cases than Alaska:

State: Caseload:
Vermont 12,170
Wyoming 9,361
Rhode Island 9,335

Alaska 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 Criminal Caseloads

The number of criminal cases in Alaska counts 27,445 with 6,423 felony cases and 21,022 misdemeanors accordingly.

Year Criminal Caseload Misdemeanor Caseload Felony Caseload
2012 36,010 6,427 29,583
2013 35,548 6,594 28,954
2014 33,511 6,513 26,998
2015 30,883 6,325 24,555
2016 27,448 6,423 21,022

State Civil Caseload & Clearance Rates

In the last 5 years the number of civil cases has increased by 1,477 cases, it went from 21,338 to 22,815.

Year Civil Caseload Clearance Rate
2013 23,596 101
2014 22,422 99
2015 23,707 100
2016 22,815 100