The Alaska Rules of Court are the rules for the administration of all courts in the state and for practice and procedure in civil and criminal cases established by the supreme court under the authority of the Alaska Constitution. The supreme court has also adopted rules for the practice of law in Alaska and procedural rules for children's matters, probate, and appeals.
The current Rules are available above, and the print version is available at all Alaska Court System law libraries and some public libraries. The official publisher of the Alaska Rules of Court is Tower Publishing. Their toll-free number is 1-800-969-8693.
Most Alaska rules are enacted and amended by supreme court order (SCO), which the court issues on a periodic basis. Print versions of all SCOs are available at the Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks law libraries. The Alaska Legislature may also change the court's procedural rules by passing an act expressing its intent to do so by a two-thirds majority of both houses. The Alaska Legislature website provides information about pending legislation.
Complete unannotated 2017 - 2018
Alaska Rules of Court
Including any currently effective, recent rule changes adopted after the print edition's publication deadline.
All Court Rules are provided as PDFs with bookmarks. Please see these instructions to copy content from the PDFs.
Rule changes since the October publication of the 2018-2019 main edition of the Alaska Rules of Court.
Note: If you are not able to access the PDF files listed below, please contact the Court Rules Office at 907-264-8231 for assistance.
|Administrative Rule 40||note added by SCO 1937||effective November 1, 2018|
|Administrative Rule 40(a)||amended by SCO 1937||effective November 1, 2018|
|Adoption Rule 1||note added by SCO 1939||effective nunc pro tunc September 13, 2018|
|Adoption Rule 6||note added by SCO 1939||effective nunc pro tunc September 13, 2018|
|Appellate Rule 602||note added by SCO 1939||effective January 1, 2019|
|Bar Rule 43.1||amended by SCO 1940||effective April 15, 2019|
|Civil Rule 4||note added by SCO 1939||effective January 1, 2019|
|Civil Rule 5||note added by SCO 1939||effective January 1, 2019|
|Civil Rule 54||note added by SCO 1939||effective January 1, 2019|
|Civil Rule 65||note added by SCO 1939||effective January 1, 2019|
|Civil Rule 90||note added by SCO 1939||effective January 1, 2019|
|Civil Rule 90.3||note added by SCO 1939||effective nunc pro tunc September 13, 2018|
|Criminal Rule 38||amended and note added by SCO 1939||effective January 1, 2019|
|Criminal Rule 41||note added by SCO 1939||effective nunc pro tunc June 15, 2018|
|Evidence Rule 402||note added by SCO 1939||effective December 26, 2018|
|Minor Offense Rule 10||amended by SCO 1938||effective January 1, 2019|
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Venue means place of trial.
The venue map includes a chart (also available separately) that shows the presumptive trial site for each community
In addition to the presumptive trial sites shown on the venue map and community chart, there is also a list of approved additional trial sites in Administrative Bulletin 27. As explained in Criminal Rule 18(e), a defendant may ask the court to transfer the trial to one of those sites if it is:
Judicial district lines are also shown on the venue map.
*Please be advised that the posted venue map is current through July 1, 2015. The supreme court has since approved additional changes to the venue map but the revised map is not yet available. The revised venue map:
Note: The separately posted community chart is up-to-date.
Because it is a very large file, it takes about 45 seconds to open.
Hold down the Control (Ctrl) key and hit 1 to enlarge the map to its full (100%) size. (If you want to enlarge it more or less, click on the down arrow next to the percent field near the center of the tool bar above the map and select the size you want.)
Click on the hand icon on the tool bar to turn the cursor into a hand. Use the hand cursor to drag the map left or up until you see the area of the state you want to look at.
Click on the magnifying glass icon to zoom in or zoom out on a specific area.
View the venue map (4.03 MB)
Once you have downloaded the map you may print it on any printer or plotter you have access to. You may also take the PDF file to a commercial printer and have them print it at your expense.