Alaska Judicial Council Selection and Retention

PI: Bridget Hanson (blhanson4@alaska.edu)

Contact: Maia Wen at mwen@alaska.edu or 786-5479

Alaska’s constitution and laws mandate that when a justice or judge vacates a position, candidates for the judicial vacancy be evaluated and this information be provided to the Governor to inform his/her selection of a candidate. The Alaska Judicial Council has been given the responsibility to conduct this evaluation of the qualifications of individuals who are applicants for judgeships, in preparation for appointment by the Governor. As part of the information utilized to fulfill this responsibility, selection surveys of active members of the Alaska Bar Association are conducted.

Alaska's constitution and statutes also require judges to periodically appear on the ballot (i.e., stand for retention). The Alaska Judicial Council is directed by law to evaluate the performance of judges due to appear on the ballot and recommends to the public whether each judge should be retained. For this evaluation, retention surveys are conducted with thousands of Alaskans who have regular experience with judges including police and probation officers, court employees, attorneys, jurors, social workers and guardians ad litem.

The Alaska Judicial Council has contracted with CBHRS to facilitate the selection and retention survey. CBHRS is responsible for receiving, entering, and analyzing the data from these surveys and preparing reports summarizing survey procedures and findings.




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