Alaska Court Records

Why Alaska Court Records are Available to the Public

In 1982, the Alaska State Legislature passed a law named the Alaska Public Records Act. The law went through a couple of changes from 1983 to 2003 when  it was last changed . It aims to make sure disclosure of court records and other public records to the public.

What Court Records Access Means To You?

The law is similar to the Alaska Open Meeting Act, aiming to make sure that people have the right to get access to information about the conduct of people’s business.  Alaska Public Records Act ensures that access to public records Is viewed as "a fundamental right".

Accountability to the Public

When the legislature enacted Alaska Public Record Act, it expressively declared that access to information about the conduct of the people’s business is a fundamental and necessary right of every person in this state Alaska FOI Resources. Indeed, in Alaska, access to the government and court records, in particular, has a fundamental interest in citizenship and has emphasized that maxim disclosure of the conduct of governmental operations [is]  promoted by the act.” By promoting prompt public access to government records, the Alaska Public Record Act is “intended to safeguard the government's accountability to the public.”

How the Alaska Court Process Functions?

Most cases in Alaska courts begin in one of the 30 superior or trial courts in  the state’s 30 boroughs.

The next level of judicial authority resides with the Court of Appeals. Most cases before the Court of Appeals involves the review of a superior court decision being contested by a party involved in the case.

The Supreme Court serves as the highest court in the state and authority to check decisions of the Court of Appeals to settle important questions of law and to resolve conflicts among the Court of Appeals.

Some differences between Civil Court and Small Claims Court below


Small Claims



Only the party who was sued can file an appeal. The person who filed the claim cannot appeal.

Either party can appeal.

Attorney Representation

You cannot have a lawyer file your papers or go to court with you – except for an appeal.

You can have a lawyer file your papers and go to court for you.

Filling fee for either defendant or plaintiff’s claim

$30 -$100 per claim

$180 - $320 per claim

Pretrial Discovery allowed



How long to complete your case

30-70 days after the complaint

120 days after you file the complaint


You do not have need a U.S. citizenship to file or defend a case in Small Claims Court. If you do not speak English well, bring someone who speaks English and asks the judge if that person can serve as your interpreter. The court cannot offer you an interpreter.

You can find an interpreter by using the Alaska Courts Interpreter Search page. Also, see the web page with interpreter information on this website Alaska Court System.

How Alaska Court Records Are Structured?

The court records group consist of civil and small claims matters.

Civil cases are matters where the petitioner is seeking more than $250,000. Close to 200,000 unlimited civil court records is filed with the courts annually. Civil cases also include other types of disputes that do not involve money, like cases to resolve (or “quiet”) title to real property, cases asking for civil restraining orders and requests to change your name or your child’s name.

  • Auto Torts
  • Other Personal Injury / Property
    Damage / Wrongful Death
  • Other Tort
  • Other Civil
  • Contracts
  • Real Property
  • Emloyment
  • Enforcement of Judgment
  • Unlawful Detainers
  • Judicial Review
  • Complex Litigation
  • Small Claims Appeals

Small Claims Court filings are cases where the petitioner is seeking $10,000 or less and is not represented by counsel. Close to 200,000 of small claims cases get filed, statewide every year. 

Here are some examples of common Small Claims Court cases:

  • Someone dents your fender and refuses to pay for the repairs.
  • Your new TV does not work, and the store will not fix it.
  • Your tenant caused damage to the apartment, and the repairs cost more than their security deposit (Note: You cannot use small claims court to evict someone.).
  • You lent money to a friend, and he/she refuses to pay you back.
  • Any goods or services sold but not paid for or delivered can make a small claim case.
  • Any auto negligence that does not exceed $10,000.
  • Any landlord-tenant disputes, such as suits for security deposit refunds and unpaid or "back" rent make a small claim case if it does not exceed $ 10,000.
  • Any car repair disputes that do not exceed $ 10,000.
  • Any property damage.
  • Small Claims Court can also order a defendant to do something, as long as the claim is also asking for money. For example, the court can cancel a contract or the court can order your neighbor to pay you for your lawn mower or order them to return it to you right away.



Alaska State Archives

State Archives

Results Include

Full State Record Report:

  • Name
  • Location
  • Case Number
  • Case Summary
  • Docket
  • Police Report
  • Court Documents
  • Legal Records
  • Case File
  • Statements
  • Transcripts
  • Legal Forms
  • Case Notes
  • Disposition
  • Trial Records
  • Arbitration
  • Case Evidence
  • Witnesses
  • Interviews
  • Descriptions
  • Mugshots
  • Charges
  • Legal Motions
  • Attorney Records
  • Prosecution Records
Alaska Anchorage Old Federal Building 1940

Alaska Anchorage Old Federal Building 1940

  • State Archives holds over 30,000 cubic feet of records.
  • There are 65 judges employed in the state courts.
  • There are 2 levels of Courts: trial and appellate.
  • There are 4 District courts in Alaska: one in each district.
  • The highest Court in Alaska is the Alaska Supreme Court.
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