RETAIN | 6 - 0
Anchorage District Court | Third Judicial District
Judge Franciosi was appointed to the Anchorage District Court in September of 2017. This is his first retention evaluation. Judge Franciosi handles both civil and criminal cases.
After conducting its performance review, the Judicial Council determined that Judge Franciosi 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 Franciosi met or exceeded educational requirements set by the Alaska Supreme Court.
Because Judge Franciosi 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 judge standing for retention. Key findings for Judge Franciosi include:
- Ratings by justice system professionals: Attorneys and law enforcement officers who appeared before Judge Franciosi gave him very good reviews, as did court employees. The chart shows the survey ratings received by Judge Franciosi.
- Ratings by jurors: Jurors who served in trials before Judge Franciosi during 2018 and 2019 rated him 5.0 overall on a five-point scale. One juror commented, “The proceedings were conducted with precision and utmost professionalism.”
- Professional activities: The Council’s review of Judge Franciosi’s professional activities showed significant contributions to his community and to the administration of justice. Since his appointment to the bench, Judge Franciosi has served as a judge in the Anchorage Coordinated Resources Project (a therapeutic court that works with individuals experiencing mental disabilities who are charged with crimes). He served as a Training Judge for magistrate judges, and as a member of the court system’s Electronic Filing Committee. Judge Franciosi has worked with the Valdez Youth Court, and conducted tours of the courthouse for school children.
- Other performance indicators: The Council’s review of other performance indicators, including Judge Franciosi’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 Franciosi was paid on schedule, and he certified that he had no untimely decisions.
- Ethics: There were no public disciplinary proceedings against Judge Franciosi, and the Council’s review found no ethical concerns.
Judge Franciosi’s Statements to the Public