Alaska Court of Appeals
|Alaska Court of Appeals|
|Method:||Commission-selection, political appointment|
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 state's chief justice to serve a two-year term.
The court of appeals has the authority to hear appeals from judgments in criminal cases and certain other quasi-criminal cases in which a minor is accused of committing a crime (juvenile delinquency cases), cases in which prisoners are challenging the legality of their confinement (habeas corpus matters), and cases involving probation and parole decisions.
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.
The Court of Appeals' jurisdiction includes criminal prosecutions, post-conviction relief, juvenile delinquency, extradition, habeas corpus, probation and parole, bail, and the excessiveness or lenience of a sentence.
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 face retention elections.
There are three judges on the panel.
|Chief judge David Mannheimer||1990-2018||Gov. Steve Cowper|
|Judge Marjorie Allard||2012-2016||Gov. Sean Parnell|
|Judge Douglas Kossler||2013-2014||Gov. 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.
- May vary for chief judge
- Judicial selection in Alaska
- Alaska Court of Appeals
- Contact information for the court
- Associated Press, "Alaska Appeals Court reverses murder conviction," December 30th, 2011
Robert Coats • Joel Bolger • David Stewart •