• Alaska Justice Forum ; Vol. 32, No. 2-3 (Summer/Fall 2015)

      Knudsen, Kristin S.; Payne, Troy C.; Reinhard, Daniel; Armstrong, Barbara (Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2015-11-06)
      The Summer/Fall 2015 issue of the Alaska Justice Forum presents articles on a survey of studies on judicial selection methods used by U.S. states, selected milestones from the UAA Justice Center's 40-year history, an intervention to reduce public disorder in Anchorage's Town Square Park, 2014 institutional populations under authority of the Alaska Department of Corrections, and smart justice initiatives in Alaska.
    • A Survey of Studies on Judicial Selection

      Fortson, Ryan; Knudsen, Kristin S. (Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2015-09-01)
      The Alaska legislature is considering a bill — Senate Joint Resolution 3 — that would put before voters a state constitutional amendment to change the composition of the Alaska Judicial Council and the way its members are selected. The Alaska Judicial Council plays a constitutionally-mandated role in the selection of Alaska’s judges and also makes recommendations to voters concerning retaining or not retaining judges as part of the judicial retention election process. This article reviews selected existing studies relevant to potential effects of this proposed change to the council composition — studies that examined judicial effectiveness, responsiveness of judges to public opinion, and public perception of judges. Also provided are flowcharts of the selection processes for members of the Alaska Judicial Council and of judges of the Alaska Court System; a detailed table of judicial selection methods in U.S. states and the District of Columbia; and a bibliography.