Our Mission

We believe Alaskans deserve (and want) highly-qualified judges who rely only on the rule of law in their decision-making and who remain independent of political pressures. We are committed to a judicial system that guarantees all Alaskans equal justice under the law, which requires fair, impartial, and independent judges. We provide unbiased information to Alaskans so they can make decisions based on a judge’s performance rather than on misinformation supplied by special interest marketing.

Why It Matters

During recent retention elections special interest groups have increasingly flooded radio, mail, email, and online channels with messages aimed at swaying Alaskans to replace judges who will not apply their groups’ beliefs or politics over the rule of law. The most important expectation Alaskans have of our courts is that judges will treat everyone fairly, protect due process, and guarantee equal justice for all – by following the law. Alaskans need to protect the independence of judges so they can make decisions based only on the law and disregard pressure from political or other special interests attempting to control their decision-making.

Any attempt to put personal beliefs ahead of the law undercuts the effectiveness of the Judiciary as a whole... [Judicial independence] also requires freedom from outside influence or political intimidation...Courts are not established to follow opinion polls or to try to discern the will of the people at any given time but rather are to uphold the law....This independence is not established for the benefit of the judges, but rather for all of us; it is the citizens who are the intended beneficiaries of fair and impartial administration of justice consistent with the rule of law....Only judges who are insulated from outside intimidation and pressure can fairly administer justice and be perceived to be doing so.

Chief Justice Michael Wolff of Missouriin his 2006 State of the Judiciary address, The Missouri Bar, Vol. 62, No. 2, March-April 2006

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Use our interactive tool to see which judges will be on your ballot and see the in-depth review and recommendation from the Alaska Judicial Council for each judge.

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Important Info: This year’s elections will be in-person unless you request an absentee ballot. 

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Who We Are

We are Alaskans who believe that justice should not be for sale, that judges should be selected and retained on the basis of merit, and that the framers of the Alaska Constitution got it right when they kept politics out of the courtroom.

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