What is Merit Selection?

The Alaska Judicial Council, a citizen’s commission, screens applicants for judgeships and nominates the two or more most qualified applicants to the governor. The governor must appoint a judge from among the Council’s nominees

How Does Alaska Choose Its Judges?

Based on a review of what worked best in other states to achieve a fair, independent, impartial, and accountable judiciary, Alaska’s constitutional framers established a merit selection system for choosing judges and a retention election system for retaining them.

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