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Methods of Judicial Selection: Alaska

Judicial Nominating Commissions

Established by the Alaska Constitution at statehood, the Alaska Judicial Council solicits and screens applicants for judicial vacancies on all levels of courts and submits the names of at least two nominees to the governor for appointment. The judicial council is composed of three nonlawyer members appointed by the governor and confirmed by a majority of the legislature in joint session, three lawyer members appointed by the board of governors of the Alaska Bar Association, and the chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court, who serves as the ex officio chair. The constitution requires that judicial council appointments be made "with due consideration to area representation and without regard to political affiliation." Council members serve staggered six-year terms, except for the chief justice who serves for three years. Click here to view the AJC bylaws regarding judicial nominations.

For more information, see Judicial Merit Selection: Current Status.

Nominating Commission Costs

  • $119,457 (2007)
    Includes travel, printing, advertising, and questionnaire collection but not staff time for Alaska Judicial Council.