Alaska Court of Appeals

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Alaska Court of Appeals
Court information
Judges:   3
Founded:   1980
Salary:   $187,000[1]
Judicial selection
Method:   Assisted appointment
Term:   8 years

The Alaska Court of Appeals was created in 1980 by the Alaska Legislature. It consists of a three-judge panel made up of a chief judge and two associate judges.

The chief judge of the court of appeals is appointed by the Alaska Supreme Court's chief justice to serve a two-year term.

The court meets in Anchorage, and travels to Fairbanks as caseload demands.

Criminal appeals from the Alaska District Court can be taken to the Alaska Superior Court or to the court of appeals, at the option of the defendant. A defendant who appeals from district court to superior court can ask the court of appeals to review the resulting decision of the superior court, but the court of appeals may, in its discretion, refuse to hear the appeal.

Decisions of the court can be appealed to the Alaska Supreme Court.[2]


The Court of Appeals' jurisdiction includes criminal prosecutions, post-conviction relief, juvenile delinquency, extradition, habeas corpus, probation and parole, bail, and the excessiveness or leniency of a sentence.[2]

Boney courthouse in Anchorage, Alaska


Judges on the court serve for renewable eight-year terms. They are chosen by the state's governor from a list recommended by the Alaska Judicial Council. The judges serve a minimum three-year term and then face retention elections thereafter.

There are three judges on the panel.

JudgeTermAppointed by
Chief judge David Mannheimer1990-2018Gov. Steve Cowper
Judge Marjorie Allard2012-2016Gov. Sean Parnell
Judge Douglas Kossler2013-2016Gov. Sean Parnell

To qualify for serve on the court, nominees must be a citizen of the United States, a state resident for five years or more, licensed to practice law in Alaska and have eight years of active legal practice.[3]

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See also: Alaska judicial elections, 2012
CandidateCourtRetention vote:Retention Vote %
BolgerJoel Bolger   ApprovedA166,20865.24%ApprovedA
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