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Matthew Christian

Fairbanks District Court | Fourth Judicial District

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Justice System Professionals Survey Ratings for Judge Matthew Christian

Judge Christian was appointed to the Fairbanks District Court in November of 2013. This is his second retention evaluation. Judge Christian handles criminal and civil cases.

Performance Summary

After conducting its performance review, the Judicial Council determined that Judge Christian met or exceeded performance standards on all criteria, including legal ability, integrity, impartiality/fairness, temperament, diligence, and administrative skills.

The Council also determined that Judge Christian met or exceeded educational requirements set by the Alaska Supreme Court.

Because Judge Christian met or exceeded all performance and professional development standards, the Alaska Judicial Council recommends a “yes” vote on retention in office.

Performance Findings

The Council conducts a thorough performance review of each judge standing for retention. Key findings for Judge Christian include:

  • Ratings by justice system professionals: Attorneys and law enforcement officers who appeared before Judge Christian gave him very good reviews, as did court employees. The chart shows the survey ratings received by Judge Christian.
  • Ratings by jurors: The Judicial Council surveyed jurors who served in trials before Judge Christian during 2018 and 2019. The jurors rated Judge Christian 4.9 overall on a five-point scale. One juror commented, “I felt the judge did a great job at remaining in control and unbiased to both parties involved.”
  • Professional activities: The Council’s review of Judge Christian’s professional activities showed significant contributions to his community and to the administration of justice. Judge Christian served as Deputy Presiding Judge of the Fourth Judicial District, handling administrative matters for courts in the Fourth District. He was a member of the court system’s Judge Training Committee. He traveled to rural communities in the Fourth Judicial District to discuss the administration of justice, and he participated in Youth Court training.
  • Other performance indicators: The Council’s review of other performance indicators, including Judge Christian’s financial and conflict of interest statements, disqualifications from cases, and appellate reversal rates, 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 Judge Christian was paid on schedule, and he certified that he had no untimely decisions.
  • Ethics: There were no public disciplinary proceedings against Judge Christian, and the Council’s review found no ethical concerns.

Judge Christian’s Statements to the Public


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