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Board: Alaska Judicial Council

Board identification number: 053


Authority: Alaska Constitution. Art. IV Sec. 8

Status: Active

Sunset date:

Requirements: Legislative Confirmation and Financial Disclosure

Prohibitions: Members may not serve on the Commission on Judicial Conduct simultaneously; no member, except the Chief Justice, may hold any other office or position of profit under the U.S. or State of Alaska.

Term: 6 years

Chair: Chief Justice

Description: The council consists of 7 members: 3 non-attorney members appointed by Governor: with regard to area representation and without regard to political affiliation; (only non-attorney members require legislative confirmation); 3 attorneys appointed by the Bar Association; and Chief Justice (chair).

Function: The council nominates persons to Governor for any vacancy in an office of supreme court justice, court of appeals judge, superior court judge, district court judge, the public defender, or administrative tax law judges (Governor appoints one of two or more persons nominated by Council); conducts studies for improvement of the administration of justice; evaluates judges standing for retention election and publicizes findings and recommendations.

Special facts: A quorum consists of 4 members. The council reports to Supreme Court/Legislature at least every 2 years. The Chief Justice serves a three-year term. The Chief Justice votes only in the event of a tie.

Compensation: Standard Travel and Per Diem

Meetings: About 5 times per year as required by new vacancies; 1-2 days each.

For further information and to reach individual members, contact:
Susanne DiPietro
Executive Director
510 L Street, Suite 450

Anchorage, AK 995011295
Phone: (907) 279-2526
Fax: (907) 276-5046

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