Alaska

Effective Date: 2000
State:
Alaska
Court Type: Appellate
Implementing Authority: Supreme Court
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards: Expedited Cases:
(submission to publication of decision)
50% within 3 months
75% within 4 months
90% within 6 months  

All Cases:
(submission to publication of decision)
50% within 6 months
75% within 9 months
90% within 1 year
  Alaska Case Processing Time Standards for Courts

Effective Date: 1982; amended February 17, 2000
State:
Alaska
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Civil
Implementing Authority: Supreme Court Order
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards: General: 
(complaint to judgment)
75% within 365 days
90% within 540 days
98% within 720 days  

Civil Post-Trial Motions:
(motion ripe to ruling)
98% within 30 days  

Small Claims:

(complaint to judgment)
75% within 75 days
90% within 90 days
98% within 120 days
 

Effective Date: 1982; amended February 17, 2000
State:
Alaska
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Criminal
Implementing Authority: Supreme Court Order
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards: Felony:
(arrest to trial)
75% within 120 days
90% within 210 days
98% within 270 days  

Misdemeanor:
(filing to trial)
75% within 75 days
90% within 120 days
98% within 180 days
 

Effective Date: 1982; amended February 17, 2000
State:
Alaska
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Domestic
Implementing Authority: Supreme Court Order
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards: Divorce:
(complaint to judgment)
75% within 270 days
90% within 365 days
98% within 540 days  

Custody/Child Support:

(post-judgment motion)
75% within 90 days
90% within 120 days
98% within 180 days
 

Effective Date: 1982; amended February 17, 2000
State:
Alaska
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Juvenile
Implementing Authority: Supreme Court Order
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards: General:
(complaint to judgment)
75% within 75 days
90% within 120 days
98% within 180 days
 

Monitoring Information:

Alaska documents court performance relevant to time standards by producing computer-generated reports with information compiled at both local and statewide levels.

Reports/summaries are received by the magistrates, the clerk of court, all judges, the presiding/chief judge, the local court administrator, the state court administrator, the AOC staff, the chief justice, the Supreme Court members, and the trial court administrator. These reports/summaries are reviewed quarterly.

Case processing time standards reports are published in court publications, and are available to the public through annual reports and open records requests.

Notes: In Appellate Courts, all standards over one year old are treated in an expedited manner and listed separately by the appellate clerk in the reports.

Alaska finds the most useful measure of court timeliness to be % of cases exceeding existing time standards classified by court location.