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Susan M. Carney
Alaska Supreme Court | Statewide
Justice Susan M. Carney was appointed to the Alaska Supreme Court in May of 2016. This is her first retention election.
After conducting its performance review, the Judicial Council determined that Justice Carney met or exceeded performance standards on all criteria, including legal ability, integrity, impartiality/fairness, temperament, diligence, and administrative skills.
The Council also determined that Justice Carney met or exceeded educational requirements set by the Alaska Supreme Court.
Because Justice Carney met or exceeded all performance and professional development standards, the Alaska Judicial Council recommends a “yes” vote on retention in office.
The Council conducts a thorough performance review of each justice standing for retention. Key findings for Justice Carney include:
- Ratings by justice system professionals: Justice Carney received very good ratings from attorneys who appeared before her, and from court employees. The chart shows the survey ratings received by Justice Carney.
- Professional activities: The Council’s review of Justice Carney’s professional activities showed exceptional contributions to the community and to the administration of justice. Justice Carney was Co-Chair of the Fairness, Diversity, and Equality Committee, a group that works to promote fairness, diversity and equality in the court system, and as a member of a court system committee to improve court rules for child welfare and delinquency cases. She participated in We the People civics competitions and classes, served as a coach and speaker for Youth Court, and served as a Fostering Law instructor. She also served as a mentor for the Color of Justice, a program that encourages diverse youth from throughout the state to consider legal and judicial careers.
- Other records: The Council reviews a variety of other records. The Council’s review of Justice Carney’s other records, including financial disclosure and conflict of interest statements, and background checks, raised no performance concerns.
- Timeliness: Alaska law requires judges’ pay be withheld if a decision is pending longer than six months. The Council verified that Justice Carney was paid on schedule, and she certified that she had no untimely decisions.
- Ethics: There were no public disciplinary proceedings against Justice Carney, and the Council’s review found no ethical concerns.
Justice Carney’s Statements to the Public