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State of Alaska

Methods of Judicial Selection: Alaska

Limited Jurisdiction Courts

District Court
Jurisdiction: state misdemeanors; violations of city and borough ordinances; summonses and warrants; first appearances and preliminary hearings in felony cases; civil cases < $50,000; small claims < $7,500; cases involving children on an emergency basis; domestic violence cases
Selection of Judges: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission
Retention of Judges: retention election
Qualifications: 21 yrs of age; U.S. citizen; state resident 5 yrs; licensed in state and engaged in active practice 3 yrs, or served as magistrate 7 yrs and graduated from an accredited law school