Alaska Supreme Court By The Numbers:


Former prosecutor

Former public defender

Both a former public defender & civil rights lawyer

  • 5 total seats
  • 0 current vacancies
  • 1 prosecutor
  • 2 public defenders
  • 1 Justice is both a former public defender & civil rights lawyer
  • 0 Justices have other indigent defense experience
  • 1 civil rights lawyer

How Members of the Alaska Supreme Court are Selected:

Appointment, Retention Election

The Alaska Judicial Council (AJC) compiles a list of two or more nominees from which the governor appoints a justice. Members of the AJC are appointed by the governor or the state bar association and includes the Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court. An appointed justice serves a three-year term before facing a retention election, after which they serve a 10-year term. Interim appointments are made by the governor from the Judicial Council’s list. Mandatory retirement age is 70.

Selection method sources:

Ballotpedia, Judicial Election Methods By State; Brennan Center for Justice, Judicial Selection: An Interactive Map