United States District Court for the District of Alaska

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United States District Court for the District of Alaska
(D. Alaska)
Seal of the United States District Court for the District of Alaska
Appeals to Ninth Circuit
Established July 7, 1958
Judges assigned 3
Chief judge Ralph R. Beistline
Official site

The United States District Court for the District of Alaska (in case citations, D. Alaska) is a federal court in the Ninth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).

The District was established on July 7, 1958, pending Alaska statehood on January 3, 1959.[1]

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Alaska represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current United States Attorney is Karen L. Loeffler, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 15, 2009.

Organization of the court[edit]

The United States District Court for the District of Alaska is the sole federal judicial district in Alaska.[2] Court for the District is held at Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Ketchikan, and Nome.

Anchorage Division comprises the following borough/census areas: Aleutians East, Aleutians West, Anchorage, Bethel, Bristol Bay, Dillingham, Kenai Peninsula, Kodiak Island, Lake and Peninsula, Matanuska-Susitna, and Valdez-Cordova.

Fairbanks Division comprises the following borough/census areas: Denali, Fairbanks North Star, North Slope, Southeast Fairbanks, and Yukon-Koyukuk.

Juneau Division comprises the following borough/census areas: Haines, Hoonah-Angoon, Juneau, Petersburg, Sitka, Skagway, and Yakutat.

Ketchikan Division comprises the following borough/census areas: Ketchikan Gateway, Prince of Wales, and Wrangell.

Nome Division comprises the following borough/census areas: Nome, Northwest Arctic, and Wade Hampton.

Current judges[edit]

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
9 Chief Judge Ralph R. Beistline Anchorage 1948 2002–present 2009–present G.W. Bush
10 District Judge Timothy Mark Burgess Anchorage 1956 2006–present G.W. Bush
11 District Judge Sharon L. Gleason Anchorage 1957 2012–present Obama
5 Senior Judge Hezekiah Russel Holland Anchorage 1936 1984–2001 1989–1995 2001–present Reagan
7 Senior Judge James Keith Singleton, Jr. Anchorage 1939 1990–2005 1995–2002 2005–present G.H.W. Bush
8 Senior Judge John W. Sedwick Anchorage 1946 1992–2011 2002–2009 2011–present G.H.W. Bush

Former judges[edit]

# Judge State Born/Died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
termination
1 Hodge, Walter HartmanWalter Hartman Hodge AK 1896–1975 1960–1966 1961–1966 1966–1975 Eisenhower, Eisenhower death
2 Plummer, Raymond EugeneRaymond Eugene Plummer AK 1913–1987 1961–1973 1966–1973 1973–1987 Kennedy, Kennedy death
3 James Arnold von der Heydt AK 1919–2013 1966–1984 1973–1984 1984–2013 L. Johnson death
4 James Martin Fitzgerald AK 1920–2011 1974–1989 1984–1989 1989–2011 Ford death
6 Kleinfeld, AndrewAndrew Kleinfeld AK 1945–present 1986–1991 Reagan, Reagan reappointment

Succession of seats[edit]

See also[edit]

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