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Laws, Rules, Regulations & Supreme Court Cases

Laws/Statutes | Rules | Regulations | Supreme Court Opinions

Laws / Statutes

The laws, also called statutes, are passed by the Alaska Legislature. The statutes are available online on the Alaska Legislature's website, and the current print version is available at all Alaska Court System law libraries, your local Legislative Information Office (LIO), and many public libraries.

Rules

The Alaska Rules of Court are the rules that are used in state court cases. They contain the procedures in civil and criminal cases and appeals that parties, attorneys and judges follow. There are different sets of rules depending on the case type. The current rules are available on the Alaska Court System website, and the print version is available at all Alaska Court System law libraries, your Legislative Information Office (LIO), and some public libraries.

Appeals are controlled by the Alaska Rules of Appellate Procedure. These rules contain very important information about the appeal process, including how to start an appeal, what information and formatting is required for appeals briefs, information about oral argument and how to make requests of the Supreme Court.

There are also rules about Civil Procedure, Evidence, Probate, Adoption and Child in Need of Aid proceedings.

Regulations

Government administrative agencies write regulations about the specific subjects areas within their authority. The Alaska Administrative Code (AAC) contains the regulations of all Alaska agencies. The current regulations are available online on the Alaska Legislature's website, and the print version is available at all Alaska Court System law libraries, your Legislative Information Office, (LIO) and many public libraries.

The regulations governing the Child Support Services Division (CSSD) are found in the Alaska Administrative Code at 15 AAC 125.010 et seq.

The regulations governing Workers' Compensation are found in the Alaska Administrative Code at 8 AAC 45-57.

Supreme Court Cases

The Supreme Court issues decisions that interpret the meaning of the laws, rules and regulations and how they apply to various situations.

In the print version of the statutes and rules described above, you will find a summary of Supreme Court cases decided under a particular statute or rule. If you find a summary of a case that discusses issues that are similar to your own (or if an attorney cites a case in their papers) you can read the entire decision for that case in either the Alaska Reporter or the Pacific Reporter. These Reporters contain the published Alaska Supreme Court decisions in chronological order.

The Alaska Reporter and Pacific Reporter are available in print at all Alaska Court System law libraries and some public libraries. Before the cases are printed in the Alaska Reporter they are called slip opinions. Slip opinions are available on the Alaska Court System website until they appear in print. If there is no law library near you, you can request copies from the Anchorage Law Library.

The Alaska Case Law Service provides free electronic access to opinions of the Alaska Supreme Court and the Alaska Court of Appeals. Included on the site are all opinions dated from 1960 and published in West's Alaska Reporter and Pacific Reporter through the most recent unpublished opinions.


Rev. 18 February 2014
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