Alaska Court Records

What is Included in Alaska Public Court Records

Criminal Court Cases

Assault & Battery, Domestic Violence, Parole Violation, Probation Violation, Sexual Assault, Robbery, Manslaughter, Murder, Drug Offenses, And More...

Civil Court Cases

Bankruptcies, Legal Judgments, Lawsuits, Tax & Property Liens, Contract Disputes, Probates, Family Law, Small Claims, Evictions, And More...

Traffic Court Cases

Driving Under Influence, Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding Tickets, Traffic Citations, Reckless Driving, Driving Without a License, License Suspensions, Criminal Driving Violations, Accidents, And More...

Alaska Court Record Lookup

Public records include the proceedings of all 40 trial courts located in Alaska, documents that are accessible by the public. One may conduct Alaska court records search and view Alaska court records online.

Court Records in Alaska

Court records may include transcripts of trials, abstracts of judgments, default judgments, dismissals, Alaska criminal records, probate records, adoptions, orders to perform community service, and more.

Residents of the state’s largest city, Anchorage Court, accounts for 40 percent of the district court cases filed each year. Similarly, Anchorage’s superior court is quite busy, with over 10,000 cases originating there annually, including 2,700 felonies, 2,100 domestic relations, and 3,000 probate cases. An additional 2,100 petitions to revoke probation were generated in the city in a recent year.

District Court Records

The state is comprised of four judicial districts, divided geographically. Within the district courts are specialized units designed to divert nonviolent offenders from the prison system by offering services tailored specifically for substance abusers and military veterans.

These courthouses hear misdemeanor cases, small claims under $10,000, or civil lawsuits up to $100,000, as well as emergency Alaska child support and custody issues, traffic violations, and the like. These courts also issue summonses and arrest warrants. Magistrates may handle much of the administrative work on behalf of judges. Alaskla AL court records can be find by conducting Alaska court case lookup.

Alaska Superior Court Records

The state’s superior courts are the trial courts for Alaska, handling all criminal matters, juvenile cases, domestic issues, as well as appeals of district court decisions. In a recent year, there were nearly 120,000 cases filed in Alaska’s superior courts.

Appeals Courts

Above the trial courts are appeals courts that determine if the law was applied correctly in trials. In Alaska there is both a court of appeals and a supreme court; the latter advises on the Constitutionality of state laws as well as overseeing the state bar and hearing a selected number of cases each year.

Tribal Courts

Legal issues that arise on sovereign Native American land are handled outside the state judicial system. The State contains 40 tribal courts, each of these Alaska courthouses having its own legal system and a separate system of record keeping.

AK Federal Court Records

Those filing for bankruptcy in Alaska or involved in a multi-state lawsuit will find their case records at the federal U.S. District Court for Alaska. 

Alaska Notable Court Cases

After a Fairbanks man was convicted in 2011 of a felony drug possession charge, the state Appeals Court threw out the decision, saying the law it was based on was convoluted and confusing. Police had searched the man's car and found cocaine in the ashtray; while the defendant claimed it was an unreasonable search and seizure, the court said police were justified in searching the car due to probable cause but that the wording of the law forbids searching a "'closed container" unless it's "'immediately associated" with the suspect. The appeals court panel of judges decided to seek the state Supreme Court's clarification of the law, which might allow Alaska police to seek evidence in car consoles and gloveboxes without a warrant.

Alaska Civil Case Statistics

Civil Caseload
Civil Caseload 22,815
Caseloads per 100.000 Population
Caseloads per 100.000 Population 3,075
Clearance Rate
Clearance Rate 100%
Small Claims Caseload
Small Claims Caseload 7,328

Civil Caseloads for Alaska, the sum of all civil cases reported by the state, account for 92,540 total cases at the year end of 2016, which makes it 3,075 cases per 100.000 population.

The clearance rate for the state is about 100% which makes up by dividing the outgoing to incoming civil cases and expressing the result in a percentage.

State Small Claims & Rates Timeline

Year: Small Claims Max. Limit Small Claims Caseload per 100.000 Population Percent of Total Civil Caseload

The caseload for small claims has decreased since 2012, going from 7,710 cases a year to 7,328 of 2016. The maximum limit of small claim charges has stayed the same at $10,000 in 2016 compared to the $10,000 that was registered 5 years ago.

Accordingly the small claims rate has decreased- 988 cases per 100 000 population compared to the 1,054 of 2012. The total percentage of civil caseloads accounts 19.3% for the state of Alaska for 2016.

Criminal Caseloads by Type

Criminal Caseloads for Alaska sum in 27,448 cases at the year end of 2016 which has a share of 77% of misdemeanor and 23% of felony charges. Total criminal cases have decreased in Alaska compared to the criminal caseload of 2012 - 36,010 cases. Felonies and misdemeanors have changed since 2012 by -28% and +6% accordingly.

The Proportion of Felony and Misdemeanor Caseloads

Criminal Incoming Court Cases by type 2012-2016

Criminal Caseloads Timeline

Domestic Relations Caseloads & Clearance Rates

The state’s domestic relations caseload has counted 12,562 cases which is 1,693 court cases per 100.000 population. It has decreased since 2012, the difference in caseloads is 2,616 for the last 5 years, being 15,178 in 2012.

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

Supreme Court Caseloads & Clearance Rates

Court of Appeals Caseloads