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Currency of Information | Verify Identity | Felony Convictions | Types of Cases Included | Dates Included/Historical Cases Prior to 1990 |
Domestic Relations and Domestic Violence Cases (1980’s) | Coroner Cases

Currency of Information

Information appears on-line as soon as it is entered into the case management system. The clerks try to keep the system up-to-date, but some information may not be entered until several days after the event occurred.

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Verify Identity

Do not assume that a person listed in this database is the person you are looking for without at least confirming that the date of birth is the same. The court system cautions employers, credit agencies, and others to verify identity before taking any adverse action against a person whose name appears in this database. Additional identifying information may be available in the case file. To request a copy of documents from the case file, contact the court in which the matter was filed.

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Felony Convictions

Do not assume that a defendant was convicted of a felony based on the case type that appears on the Search Result screen and on the Case Summary screen. The case type only reflects the charges that appeared in the original charging document. If the original charging document included any felony charges, the case will be listed as a felony (either “District Court Felony” or “Superior Court Felony”), even if all the charges were eventually reduced to misdemeanors or dismissed.

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Types of Cases Included

Information about confidential cases is not available on-line. For information about a confidential case, contact the court where the case was filed. Confidential case types include: Delinquency, CINA (Child in Need of Aid), Adoption, Mental Commitment, Alcohol Commitment, Emancipation, Medical Emergency, and Minor Settlement.

Information about cases that have been appealed to the Alaska Supreme Court or the Alaska Court of Appeals is available on the Appellate Courts Case Management System website.

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Dates Included / Historical Cases Prior to 1990

There is no comprehensive case information available for any trial court location before 1990. Prior to 1990, courts maintained an alphabetical index of parties on paper index cards. The information on the index cards was limited to the case number and the name of the party or parties.

If a case filed prior to 1990 becomes active again, the case will be entered into CourtView, so your CourtView search results may include matters from the 1980s and 1970s, but you should not assume that all the cases from those years are included in CourtView.

As time allows, courts are manually converting the paper index cards to a statewide electronic Historical Index. Because this index includes confidential cases, it is not available to the public for research. You must ask a clerk to search it for you. Until all index cards have been entered into the electronic Historical index, a search of both index cards and the electronic historical index must be done to identify cases filed prior to 1990 pertaining to an individual.

Contact each court for complete information about cases before 1990.

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Domestic Relations and Domestic Violence Cases (1980’s)

For a time in the 1980’s, the case number suffix for domestic relations and domestic violence cases were:

Case Type
Case Number Suffix
Domestic Relations
(Dissolutions, Divorces, Custody, etc.)
DR
Domestic Violence
CV

For the most part, when these cases were converted to CourtView, the case number suffix was changed to “CI” to match the current practice.  However, there were a few cases where the suffix could not be changed because there was another “CI” case with that same number. When searching for a case number involving one of these case types during this period, it is recommended that you perform two searches: one using the suffix “CI” and one using the suffix “DR” or “DV”.

Note: Cases filed before 1990 may not be listed in CourtView.  For more information, see Historical Cases Prior to 1990

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Coroner Cases

Historical Coroner Cases.  Prior to September 1996, the Alaska Court System was responsible for providing coroner functions.  District court judges, magistrates and public administrators were statutorily authorized to perform coroner’s duties.    Coroners were responsible for inquiring into the cause and manner of death of any person who had either died unattended by a physician or who had died suspiciously.  To find an historical coroner case, (1) search on the decedent’s name in CourtView, or (2) contact the court nearest to the place of death for a search of paper index cards and the electronic Historical Index.    See Historical Cases Prior to 1990

Current Coroner Cases.  In September 1996, the position of coroner was abolished by statute, and many of the coroner duties formerly performed by judicial officers were transferred to the Office of the State Medical Examiner.

The remaining judicial duties are now filed and numbered in CourtView as follows:  

Type of Action
CourtView
Case Type
Case Number Suffix
Petition for Inquest
Civil Coroner CI
Petition for Presumptive Death
Unclaimed Body Order
Petition for Release of Property to Temporary Custodian
Under AS 12.65.105
Probate PR
Autopsy Challenges
Superior Court
Civil Petition
CI
Disinterment
Miscellaneous Request

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Searching & Navigation

Search Screen Information

There are three tabs for choosing the type of search.  Searching by case number is the default; choose another tab to search by name, or by ticket/citation number.

At the top of the search screen, you can select the Number of Results you want to display per page. Access to any additional pages is available at the bottom right corner of the screen.

The maximum number of records that will be returned for any given search is 500 cases. To view all cases involving a party with more than 500 cases, you must enter additional search parameters, such as searching by date ranges.

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How to Enter Case Number

When entering a case number, you must use leading zeroes. The sequence number must be 5-digits. Dashes are required

For example: 3AN-12-00001CR

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Searching for Party Names

To find all public cases about an individual:

  1. Search for multiple spellings.
  2. Suggest you use first initial. Search by common nicknames (for example, Bob for Robert).
  3. If you are not sure about the entire spelling of a last name, search on the first part of the name. For example: You can search on “Christ” for Christensen, Christiansen, Christianson etc.

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Searching for Companies

To find all public cases about a company, you need to do three separate searches:

  1. Enter the first word of the company name in the Company Name field. Then click the SEARCH button. (If the result set is too large, try again with the first two words of the company name.)
  2. To perform the second search, delete the key word from the Company Name field. Enter the same word in the Last Name field. Then click the SEARCH button.
  3. To perform the third search, delete the key word from the Last Name field. Enter the same word in the First Name field. Then click the SEARCH button.

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Searching for Wills

Use CourtView to search by name for wills deposited with any court in Alaska. Case numbers for wills end with a suffix of WI (example: 3AN-06-00001WI).

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Understanding Case Information

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Docket Screen

The docket is a permanent, cumulative record of all proceedings in a case. Not all dockets represent documents in the case. Some dockets are descriptions of events entered in CourtView. For example: If a hearing is scheduled in CourtView, a docket is automatically created to reflect the scheduled event even though there is no document for that event.

Note: Dockets include limited information about filings and hearings that occurred before CourtView was installed in the court.

Some examples of what you may find in the docket include:

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Case Disposition vs. Charge Disposition

In criminal and minor offense cases, only charge disposition displays. Do NOT assume that the defendant was convicted on all charges. Check the disposition for each charge.

In civil and small claims cases:

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Case Status

In CourtView, there are three case statuses:

Open: Case has been initiated and has never been closed or reopened.

Closed: Generally, a case is closed when a final disposition on the case is entered. However, there are some exceptions as explained in the case status exception section below.

Reopened: Generally, a case is reopened for the following post-judgment activity. However, there are some exceptions as explained in the exception section below.

Case Status Exceptions: In CourtView, there are some functions that result in a case being closed and reopened besides the general rules listed above. These exceptions are:

  1. Judicial Reassignments. In CourtView, when a case is reassigned to another judge, the case is closed and automatically reopened. The case disposition will reflect a reassignment of a judge.

    Note: Many cases are opened without being assigned to a specific judge. When the case is assigned to a specific judge, the “case disposition” will reflect “Initial Judicial Assignment”. Thereafter, reassignments will reflect a disposition of preempt, recusal or administrative reassignment.
  2. Jurisdiction Change: If a case has been transferred from district court to superior court jurisdiction or vice versa, the case will be closed with a disposition showing the change in jurisdiction. The case will then be immediately reopened in the new jurisdiction.

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Financial Activity

If there are fines, bail, costs or other financial activity on a case, the "Financial" and "Financial Dockets" tabs will display at the top of the case record screen. Click these tabs to view financial activity on the case. These tabs do not display if there is no financial activity on a case.

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Cost, Due Dates, "Adjusted" Amounts, and Other Financial Activity

Costs include such things as:

Financial information for a case is available by clicking the Financial Dockets tab at the top of case detail screen. The Financial Dockets listing includes costs on a case, amounts that have been adjusted, the adjustment reason and the balance due to the court.

The term “adjusted” means that the cost is no longer due to be paid to the court. However, if a cost has been "adjusted" there may still be a balance due payable to the state or city collections office. The “adjusted reason” will reflect if a cost has been transferred for collection. To determine why a cost has been adjusted: (1) Click the Financial tab; (2) hover over the (i) icon next to the amount adjusted. The adjusted reason will display.

If the adjustment reason is "Transferred for Collections," contact the state or city collections office to make payments or for information.

STATE AND MUNICIPAL COLLECTION UNITS

If the plaintiff is:

Contact

State of Alaska

Dept. of Law Collections Unit
1031 West Fourth Avenue, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone In Anchorage:  (907) 269-5205
Phone Toll free within Alaska: (800) 580-5205

Municipality of Anchorage

Anchorage Collections Unit
632 West 6th Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 343-6663
Web Site:
http://www.muni.org/Departments/finance/treasury/DCF/Pages/default.aspx 

City of Cordova

602 Railroad Avenue
P.O. Box 1210
Cordova, AK 99674
Phone: (907) 424-6100

City of Dillingham

City of Dillingham
P.O. Box 889
Dillingham, AK 99576
Phone: (907) 842-5212

City of Fairbanks

Fairbanks City Clerk’s Office
City Hall
800 Cushman Street
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Phone: (907) 459-6702
Website:
http://www.fairbanksalaska.us/departments/city-clerks-office/

Fairbanks North Star Borough

FNSB Clerk’s Office
P.O. Box 71267-1267
809 Pioneer Road
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Phone: (907) 459-1401

City of Houston

City Clerk
P.O. Box 940027
Houston, AK 99694-0027
Phone: (907) 892-6869

City & Borough of Juneau

City & Borough of Juneau Offices
155 S. Seward St.
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone: (907) 586-5268

City of Kenai

City of Kenai
210 Fidalgo Ave., Suite 200
Kenai, AK 99611
Phone: (907) 283-8225

City of Ketchikan

City of Ketchikan
334 Main Street
Ketchikan, Alaska 99901
Phone: (907) 225-3111

City of Kodiak

City of Kodiak
Finance Department
710 Mill Bay Road
Kodiak, AK 99615
Phone: (907) 486-8659

Ketchikan Gateway Borough

Ketchikan Gateway Borough
1900 First Avenue
Ketchikan, Alaska 99901
Phone: (907)-225-6628

Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Mat-Su Borough
350 E. Dahlia Ave.
Palmer, AK 99645
Phone: (907) 745-9677

City of North Pole

City of North Pole
Accounts Payable
125 Snowman Lane
North Pole, AK 99705
Phone: (907) 488-8536
Web Site: www.northpolealaska.com

City of Palmer

City of Palmer
231 W. Evergreen Ave.
Palmer, AK 99645
Phone: (907)-745-0930

City & Borough of Sitka

City & Borough of Sitka
100 Lincoln St.
Sitka, AK 99835
Phone: (907) 747-1821

City of Wasilla

City of Wasilla
290 W. Herning Ave.
Wasilla, AK 99654
Phone: (907) 373-9082

City of Soldotna

City of Soldotna
177 North Birch St.
Soldotna, AK 99669
Phone: (907) 262-9107

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Other Information

Deciphering Case Numbers | Court Location Prefixes | Case File Suffixes | Case Types | Requesting Copies of Court Records | Reporting Errors to Records | Reporting Technical Difficulties

CourtView Conversion Dates: the date each court started using the CourtView database

Deciphering Case Numbers

A case number is made up of four parts:

3PA - 98 - 01234CI
/       |        \            \
1         2       3          4

  1. The prefix tells you the judicial district and court.
    Alaska has four judicial districts. A map of the judicial districts is available on the court's website.
    In this example, 3PA stands for Third Judicial District, Palmer. A complete list of court location prefixes is provided below.
  2. This number is the year the case was filed with the court.
    In the example above, the case was filed in 1998. Paper documents for some older criminal case numbers may also have a letter before the year (S,C,M, or B); however, the letter has been removed in all electronic court case records and should not be included when searching for a court case.
  3. This number is the next available number in the sequence of cases filed that year.
    In this example, this case was the 1234th case filed in 1998.
  4. The suffix tells you the general category of the case.
    In the above example, CI stands for Civil. A complete list of case suffixes is provided below. Case suffixes change over time. For example, domestic violence cases used to have a separate suffix of DV; today they are assigned a CI suffix. If you do not get a satisfactory result when searching for a domestic relations or domestic violence case number filed prior to 1995, try searching on the case number using the following suffixes: DV, DR, and CI.

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Court Location Prefixes

By Location Name
Click on the location name to get contact information
Anchorage 3AN Angoon 1AG Aniak 4AK Barrow 2BA
Bethel 4BE Buckland (closed) 2BU Chevak* (closed) 4CH Cold Bay (closed) 3CB
Cordova 3CO Craig 1CR Delta Junction 4DJ Dillingham 3DI
Emmonak* 4EM Fairbanks 4FA Fort Yukon 4FY Galena 4GA
Gambell (closed) 2GB Glennallen 3GL Haines 1HA Healy (closed) 4HE
Homer 3HO Hoonah 1HN Hooper Bay* 4HB Juneau 1JU
Kake 1KA Kasigluk (closed) 4KS Kenai 3KN Ketchikan 1KE
Kiana (closed) 2KI Kodiak 3KO Kotzebue 2KB McGrath (closed) 4MC
Mekoryuk* (closed) 4ME Mt. Village* (closed) 4MV Naknek 3NA Nenana 4NE
Nome 2NO Noorvik (closed) 2NR Palmer 3PA Pelican (closed) 1PL
Petersburg 1PE Point Hope (closed) 2PH Quinhagak (closed) 4QU Rampart (closed) 4RA
Sand Point (closed) 3SP Savoonga (closed) 2SA Scammon Bay* (closed) 4SB Selawik (closed) 2SE
Seldovia (closed) 3SL Seward 3SW Shungnak (closed) 2SH Sitka 1SI
Skagway 1SK St. Mary's* 4SM St. Paul Island (closed) 3ST Tanana (closed) 4TA
Tok 4TO Tununak (closed) 4TU Unalakleet 2UT Unalaska 3UN
Valdez 3VA Wales (closed) 2WL Whittier (closed) 3WH Wrangell 1WR
Yakutat 1YA

* These locations were changed from the Second to the Fourth Judicial District in 2002. Cases filed in these locations before 2002 will have a "2" instead of a "4" in their prefix.

By Judicial District
First District
1AG Angoon 1CR Craig 1HA Haines 1HN Hoonah
1JU Juneau 1KA Kake 1KE Ketchikan 1PL Pelican (closed)
1PE Petersburg 1SI Sitka 1SK Skagway 1WR Wrangell
1YA Yakutat
Second District
2BA Barrow 2BU Buckland (closed) 2CH Chevak* (closed) 2EM Emmonak*
2GB Gambell (closed) 2HB Hooper Bay* 2KI Kiana (closed) 2KB Kotzebue
2MV Mt. Village* (closed) 2NO Nome 2NR Noorvik (closed) 2PH Point Hope (closed)
2SA Savoonga (closed) 2SB Scammon Bay* (closed) 2SE Selawik (closed) 2SH Shungnak (closed)
2SM St. Marys* 2UT Unalakleet 2WL Wales (closed)
* These locations were changed from the Second to the Fourth Judicial District in 2002. Cases filed in these locations after 2002 will have a "4" instead of a "2" in their prefix.
Third District
3AN Anchorage 3CB Cold Bay (closed) 3CO Cordova 3DI Dillingham
3GL Glennallen 3HO Homer 3KN Kenai 3KO Kodiak
3NA Naknek 3PA Palmer 3ST St. Paul Island (closed) 3SP Sand Point (closed)
3SL Seldovia (closed) 3SW Seward 3TG Togiak (closed) 3UN Unalaska
3VA Valdez 3WH Whittier (closed)
Fourth District
4AK Aniak 4BE Bethel 4CH Chevak* 4DJ Delta Junction
4EM Emmonak* 4FA Fairbanks 4FY Fort Yukon 4GA Galena
4HE Healy (closed) 4HB Hooper Bay* 4KS Kasigluk (closed) 4MC McGrath (closed)
4ME Mekoryuk (closed) 4MV Mt. Village* (closed) 4NE Nenana 4QU Quinhagak (closed)
4RA Rampart (closed) 4SB Scammon Bay* (closed) 4SM St. Marys* 4TA Tanana (closed)
4TO Tok 4TU Tununak (closed)
* These locations were changed from the Second to the Fourth Judicial District in 2002. Cases filed in these locations before 2002 will have a "2" instead of a "4" in their prefix.

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Case File Suffixes

Suffix Case Type Example
CI Civil 2BA-98-01234CI
CO Coroner
(Pre-1996 cases only)
3DI-98-01234CO
CR Criminal
(May also include minor consuming alcohol and repeat minor consuming alcohol cases, which are not crimes)
1WR-98-01234CR
DR Domestic Relations - Divorce and Dissolution
(After January 1, 1995 DR cases carry the CI suffix)
4FA-98-01234DR
DV Domestic Violence
(After January 1, 1995 DV cases carry the CI suffix)
2EM-98-01234DV
MO
or
No Suffix
Minor Offense - Violation or Infraction (non-criminal) 4RA-98-01234MO
2KB-98-K01234
PR Probate 3KN-98-01234PR
SC Small Claims 4BE-98-01234SC
TR Registration of Trusts 1PL-98-01234TR
WI Deposit of Wills 2SE-98-01234WI

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Case Types

Case type refers to the breakdown of different kinds of cases. For example, traffic, civil, divorces, dissolutions, probate, small claims and criminal etc. Confidential cases are not available through web access. Parties to a confidential case may only access file information at the courthouse and may be required to produce identification in order to view the file.

Examples of confidential cases include:

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Requesting Copies of Court Records

Requests for copies of case files should be submitted in writing to the records department or clerk of court where the case was filed. You may submit your request in person or by mail to the court. Only the Anchorage court accepts requests by email. Email requests for copies are not accepted at other court locations. A complete list of Alaska Court System contact information is available on our website.

Your written request for copies should include:

Please use request form TF-311 ANCH Adobe Acrobat PDF logo to make a request for copies of Anchorage case files.

Most court records are available for public inspection. Copies are 25¢ per page. A certified copy of a document is $5.00. There is a $15.00 per hour research fee. A deposit may be required on some copy requests.

Records in some proceedings, such as juvenile matters, are confidential and only parties to the case are allowed access to the file.

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Questions About Case Records / Reporting Errors to Records

For questions about a case record, or if you believe a record in the database contains a factual error, please contact the court location where the matter was filed. Court System hours are 8:00am - 4:30pm Monday - Friday. Alaska is one hour behind the west coast.

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Reporting Technical Difficulties

The Information Services Help Desk can not provide information about case records. For questions about a case record, or if you believe a record in the database contains a factual error, please contact the court location where the matter was filed.

Court System hours are 8:00am - 4:30pm Monday - Friday. Alaska is one hour behind the west coast.

If you are experiencing computer technical difficulties with the court case search website, contact:

Alaska Court System
IS Help Desk
907-264-8212

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Where to Post Bail

Outside Court Hours:

During Court Hours:

Exception: The jails in the following locations do not accept bail during court hours:

Craig
Glennallen
Kake
Ketchikan
Petersburg
Tok
Wrangell

If a defendant is in jail in one of these locations, bail may be posted only at the COURT during court hours.

Form of Payment: Check with the jail or court to find out what form of payment is accepted (cash only, money orders only, credit card, etc.)

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Problems with CourtView Online Access

There are several problems with the new e-access application. We have notified our vendor, CourtView Justice Solutions (CJS), of the following problems:

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Rev. 21 April 2014
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