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The Guide to Alaska Court Records

Overview of Alaska Courts

The Alaska trial court system consists of Superior Courts and District Courts.
 
Superior Courts are courts of general jurisdiction and District Courts are courts of limited jurisdiction. Superior Courts and District Courts share jurisdiction over some criminal and civil cases, but Superior Courts usually only handle civil cases that are beyond the jurisdiction of District Courts, with the exception of domestic violence protection orders, which are heard by both courts.

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Alaska Superior Courts
Superior Courts have general jurisdiction over all civil and criminal cases, and typically handle cases that are beyond the jurisdiction of District Courts.

Criminal cases heard by Superior Courts include felonies and lesser-included offenses.

Civil cases heard by Superior Courts include general civil cases with claims of more than $100,000 per defendant. Superior Courts also handle probate matters, guardianships, juvenile matters, involuntary commitments, administrative agency appeals and domestic relations cases.

With the exception of domestic violence protection orders, Superior Courts do not handle civil cases within the jurisdiction of District Courts.
Alaska District Courts
District Courts have jurisdiction over certain civil and criminal cases.

Criminal cases handled by District Court include most misdemeanors and ordinance violations.

Civil jurisdiction of District Courts includes most general civil cases with less than $100,000 in dispute per defendant, excluding costs, interest and attorney fees. District Courts do not have jurisdiction over civil cases with disputes over title to real property or certain equity issues.

District Courts have Small Claims divisions for cases that involve claims for less than $10,000, excluding costs, interest and attorney fees. The Small Claims division cannot handle cases that raise important or unusual points of law, or cases where the State is a defendant. The State is permitted to use the Small Claims division for cases involving the payment of wages, if the claim does not exceed $20,000, excluding costs, interest and attorney fees.

District Courts handle stalking protection orders and share jurisdiction over domestic violence protection orders with Superior Courts. District Courts also have jurisdiction to hear certain emergency cases involving the protection of a minor.
Alaska Court Notes
Some Alaska courts have Therapeutic Court divisions that provide alternative proceedings for certain types of criminal cases.

Where to find court cases in Alaska
The chart below gives general information on the types of cases heard in each type of court in Alaska.
 
Most Cases = Most or all cases.     Some Cases = Some cases.

Case Type Court Type
Civil Superior Courts District Courts
General Civil - Unlimited
Most or all General Civil - Unlimited cases can be found in the Superior Courts
 
General Civil - Limited
Some General Civil - Limited cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Most or all General Civil - Limited cases can be found in the District Courts
Small Claims
 
Most or all Small Claims cases can be found in the District Courts
Civil Equity
Most or all Civil Equity cases can be found in the Superior Courts
 
Complex Commercial
Most or all Complex Commercial cases can be found in the Superior Courts
 
Foreclosures and Liens
Some Foreclosures and Liens cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Some Foreclosures and Liens cases can be found in the District Courts
Real Estate Title and Boundary
Most or all Real Estate Title and Boundary cases can be found in the Superior Courts
 
Landlord / Tenant
 
Most or all Landlord / Tenant cases can be found in the District Courts
Ordinance Violations
 
Most or all Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the District Courts
Protection, No Contact, and Restraining Orders
Some Protection, No Contact, and Restraining Orders cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Some Protection, No Contact, and Restraining Orders cases can be found in the District Courts
Administrative Agency Appeals
Most or all Administrative Agency Appeals cases can be found in the Superior Courts
 
Criminal Superior Courts District Courts
Felony
Most or all Felony cases can be found in the Superior Courts
 
Felony Preliminary Hearings
Some Felony Preliminary Hearings cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Some Felony Preliminary Hearings cases can be found in the District Courts
Misdemeanors
Some Misdemeanors cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Most or all Misdemeanors cases can be found in the District Courts
Ordinance Violations
 
Most or all Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the District Courts
Juvenile
Most or all Juvenile cases can be found in the Superior Courts
 
Traffic and Infractions
 
Most or all Traffic and Infractions cases can be found in the District Courts
Domestic Relations Superior Courts District Courts
Divorce
Most or all Divorce cases can be found in the Superior Courts
 
Child Custody and Visitation
Most or all Child Custody and Visitation cases can be found in the Superior Courts
 
Child Support
Most or all Child Support cases can be found in the Superior Courts
 
Paternity
Most or all Paternity cases can be found in the Superior Courts
 
Domestic Violence Protection Order
Most or all Domestic Violence Protection Order cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Some Domestic Violence Protection Order cases can be found in the District Courts
Juvenile Superior Courts District Courts
Adoptions
Most or all Adoptions cases can be found in the Superior Courts
 
Juvenile Delinquency
Most or all Juvenile Delinquency cases can be found in the Superior Courts
 
Child Abuse and Neglect
Most or all Child Abuse and Neglect cases can be found in the Superior Courts
 
Termination of Parental Rights
Most or all Termination of Parental Rights cases can be found in the Superior Courts
 
Children in Need of Supervision
Most or all Children in Need of Supervision cases can be found in the Superior Courts
 
Mental Health Superior Courts District Courts
Involuntary Commitments
Most or all Involuntary Commitments cases can be found in the Superior Courts
 
Other Mental Health Cases
Most or all Other Mental Health Cases cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Some Other Mental Health Cases cases can be found in the District Courts
Probate Superior Courts District Courts
Wills & Estates
Most or all Wills & Estates cases can be found in the Superior Courts
 
Name Changes
Some Name Changes cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Some Name Changes cases can be found in the District Courts
Trusts
Most or all Trusts cases can be found in the Superior Courts
 
Guardianships and Conservatorships
Most or all Guardianships and Conservatorships cases can be found in the Superior Courts
 

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