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Alaska Court Decisions

A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.

    Additional Resources
    Subject index to Alaska Supreme Court opinions … [Touch N' Go Systems, Inc. (Alaska)]


Alaska Constitution and Legislation

See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  1. Constitution (Alaska Const.)
  2. Bills
  3. Session Laws
    Appended to these collections of session laws are laws vetoed by the governor as well as legislative resolves. Note: On any of the pages linked here, a link for a chaptered law could be broken; in that case, use the link for the underlying bill. (Also, on each page linked here, the heading for the list of laws and legislative resolves shows the next-following year after the legislative session: for example, “1995” for the 18th Legislature, 1993-1994.)
  4. Alaska Statutes (Alaska Stat.)
    See also uniform laws and interstate compacts.


Alaska Rules of Procedure and Practice

  1. Rules of Procedure • District Court Rules • Family Law Rules

  2. Rules of Practice • Judicial Rules • Professional Ethics Decisions
  3. Additional Resources
    ¶ Alaska court rules amendments: Supreme Court orders.
    Commentary on Alaska rules of evidence
    ¶ U.S. District Court. Pro Se Handbook


Alaska Administrative Law Sources

See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
  1. Regulations
  2. Orders • Decisions • Opinions
  3. Executive Orders (Exec. Order No.)
  4. Additional Resources
    Administrative Code  Search  … [Touch N' Go Systems, Inc. (Alaska)]


Alaska Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters

Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and boroughs (which, in Alaska, are functionally similar to counties). Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county (borough) web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
  • American Legal Publishing Corp.
  • Code Publishing Co.
  • Municipal Code Corp.
  • Quality Code Publishing
    1. Municipal Codes of Principal Cities
      A municipal code is linked here if the city is the capital or one of the five largest cities in the state or has a population exceeding 100,000.

    2. Borough Codes of Ordinances
    3. Home-Rule Charters
      State law authorizes “home rule” for municipalities and boroughs [Alaska Stat. § 29.1.010 et seq.]. See generally Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development, “Local Government in Alaska” (2001). See also borough charters and municipal charters at the web site of the Alaska Department of Commerce. Note that a charter could be included in a code of ordinances instead of being separately accessible.


    Alaska Law-Related Periodicals

    Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all Alaska law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.

    1. Alaska Law Review (Alaska L. Rev.) … [Duke Univ. Sch. of Law]


    Other Alaska Commentary

    1. Alaska Judicial Council — Consumer Publications


    Alaska Law-Related Topical Web Sites


    Alaska Court Information

    See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, the Ballotpedia.org web site presents information about courts and judges in the state, covering both state courts and federal courts, in a Wikipedia-style format.
    1. Web Sites
      See also a state court system directory.
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ U.S. District Court: Criminal Justice Act Information
      ¶ U.S. District Court: New Attorney Reference Manual … “This reference Manual has been prepared to familiarize new attorneys with the administrative aspects of the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska. This Manual is only a guide. It is not intended to answer questions regarding practice and is not a substitute for statutes, rules and case law.”


    Alaska Forms

    1. Jury Instructions: CivilCriminal
    2. U.S. Bankruptcy Court: Forms
    3. Department of Revenue Forms Index
    4. Business Entity Forms …[Paracorp, Inc. (Cal.)] — Convenient interface to view and print in-blank official state forms (in PDF files) for filing by business entities. A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.


    Other Alaska Resources

    1. Government-Related Web Sites

      See also the Piper Resources list of sites.
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
      ¶ Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / N.C. Indus. Comm’n]

    3. Alaska Bar Association
    4. Northwest Indian Bar Association
      See the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for links to websites of member organizations.
    5. Law Schools • Admission to PracticeContinuing Legal Education
      NOTE: There are no law schools in Alaska.
    6. Consulate General of Canada in Seattle … Canadian consular services for Alaska residents. There is also a consulate in Anchorage (for business and trade matters only).


    Legal Research and Assistance

    1. Alaska State Law Library
      See also links to web sites of public law libraries and catalogs of academic law libraries, maintained by the library at Washburn University School of Law; and the LibrarySites.Info database of library web sites (“Libcat”).
    2. Legal Research - Alaska Resources … [Alaska State Law Library]
    3. Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for Alaska Residents … [Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of Alaska law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in Alaska.
    4. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
      1. AlaskaLawHelp … [Pro Bono Net (N.Y.) / Alaska Legal Services Corp.] — “AlaskaLawHelp is a guide to civil legal services and resources for low-income persons and seniors in Alaska. This site provides information on various free and low-cost legal programs in Alaska, including basic eligibility and contact information. Here you can find links to web sites offering helpful information, schedules of free self-help clinics, forms, and legal education documents that give you basic information on a number of legal problems.”
      2. Alaska Legal Services Corporation … “Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC) is a private, nonprofit law firm that provides free civil legal assistance to low-income Alaskans.”
      3. Alaska Legal Help for the Poor … [Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
      4. WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help … [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.



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