File New Cases and Motions by Email or Fax
FAQs about Filing by Email or Fax
To reduce the number of people in courthouses during the COVID-19 pandemic, please file most documents by email or fax if possible.
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- Documents that start a case, except for Will deposits
- Motions and Responses
- Proposed orders
- All other documents in open cases, except for the documents listed in What documents need original or certified copies mailed or brought to the court?
- Certificate of Divorce, Dissolution of Marriage, or Annulment (original on archival paper from the Alaska Health Analytics & Vital Records Department)
- Report of Adoption (original on archival paper from the Alaska Health Analytics & Vital Records Department)
Certified copy of:
- Birth Certificate
- Death Certificate
- Custody or Child Support Orders
- You may now pay filing fees online. After processing the document you emailed for filing, the court will send you an email with instructions on how to pay the fee.
- If you can’t afford to pay, fill out the Request for Exemption from Payment of Fees (TF-920) form and file it with the court.
- If you can’t sign the document before a notary public, fill out the Self-Certification (TF-835) form and attach it to your document.
- There is no filing fee for petitions to start a domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault protective order case.
Directory of email addresses for all court locations.
- If you are filing to open multiple new cases, you can attach multiple complaints and other required documents.
- If you are filing in a case that is already open, each email may only include an attached document for that open case.
- Submit documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) if possible.
- The file size of emails with attachments may not exceed 10MBs.
- In the Second, Third, and Fourth Districts, you can only file up to 30 pages. If your document is more than 30 pages, you must fax or mail it unless the Clerk of Court gives you permission. The first number in your case number is the district you are in.
Attach documents to the email:
- Combine all documents into a single PDF. For Adobe Pro (paid subscription) users, see Combine or merge files into single PDF. If you do not have Adobe Pro, there are multiple free applications online that you can use for combining documents. You can search for free applications using the words "free pdf merge".
- The file size of emails with attachments may not be larger than 10MBs.
In the Subject Line, write:
For new cases:
Type in "New Case Filing(s)"
For existing cases:
Type in your case number and the name of the attached document. For Example: "4FA-15-01234CI – Motion for Interim Custody".
- For new cases:
In the body of your e-mail, write:
- your name and contact information (email and phone number),
- how many documents you are attaching,
- the name of each document you are attaching, and
- the total number of pages you are attaching.
Examples of email filings:
- are responsible to make sure you attach everything listed in your email. The court will not contact you if you forgot to attach any documents.
- must keep all emailed pleadings and filings as proof if needed later.
- may not file the originals, including notarized documents, with the court, unless specifically ordered.
- Do NOT write any message to the judge or the court in the body of your e-mail. Everything you want to tell the judge, and everything you want in your court file, must be in an attachment. Your e-mail text is not part of your case file.
- The court:
- will print documents filed by email and place them in the case file. The printed copies will serve as the official document of the court case.
- will not keep any document in electronic format and will delete the email and attachments after printing the documents for the case file.
You need to send the other side a copy of everything you file with the court, which is called serving the other side. Write how you will serve the other side on the documents you attach to your email. If your case number ends with CI, you should serve the other side by adding them to the email you send the court. If they do not have an email, you can serve them by mail.
Can I still send the complaint and documents to start my case to the other side by certified mail if the post office signs the green card?
Civil Rule 4 requires that the person starting the case send the other side a copy of the documents filed in court by certified mail or a process server. Usually the person receiving the certified mail must sign the green card showing receipt of the mail. During the COVID-19 pandemic, postal carriers are signing the certified mail green card instead of the person receiving the mail. The court has temporarily changed the rule to accept the green card signed by the postal carrier during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Who signs the certified mail green card is only an issue if you file for a default judgment because the other side does not file an answer responding to your complaint. In that situation, the judge may ask you questions to be sure the other side knew about the court case by receiving the documents you filed. Be prepared to tell the court any information you have about the other side getting your papers. For example, if you started a divorce case and your spouse emailed you about the papers, tell the judge and attach a copy of the email to your Default Application. If you want to be sure the other side receives a copy of your documents, you can use a process server, but that costs up to $65. List of authorized process servers.
- Anchorage: Fax numbers are listed in the Email/Fax Filing Directory
- All other courts: Fax numbers are listed in the Court Directory
Directory of Email Addresses by Court
- Children's Cases (Child in need of aid and juvenile delinquency): 4FAchildrens@akcourts.gov
- Civil Cases: 4FAcivil@akcourts.gov
- Criminal Cases: 4FAcriminal@akcourts.gov
- Jury Trials (Only for filing case dismissals or change of plea hearing requests in cases with trial date certain): 4FAjury@akcourts.gov
- Minor Offense | Traffic Cases: 4FAminoroffense@akcourts.gov
- Probate Cases: 4FAprobate@akcourts.gov
- Small Claims: 4FAsmallclaims@akcourts.gov
- General Inquiries - 3PAMailbox@akcourts.gov
- Any Civil, Probate, CINA, DV, Delinquency case filings - 3PACivil@akcourts.gov
- Copy Requests Filings - 3PACopyRequests@akcourts.gov
- Jury Filings - 3PAJury@akcourts.gov
- Mental Commitment Filings - 3PAMC@akcourts.gov
- New Criminal Filings - 3PACriminal@akcourts.gov
- Traffic and Minor Offense Filings - 3PATraffic@akcourts.gov