RETAIN | 6 - 0
Kari L. McCrea
Anchorage District Court | Third Judicial District
Judge McCrea was appointed to the Anchorage District Court in September of 2017. This is her first retention election. Judge McCrea handles both civil and criminal cases.
After conducting its performance review, the Judicial Council determined that Judge McCrea 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 McCrea met or exceeded educational requirements set by the Alaska Supreme Court.
Because Judge McCrea 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 McCrea include:
- Ratings by justice system professionals: Attorneys and law enforcement officers who appeared before Judge McCrea gave her good reviews, as did court employees. The chart shows the survey ratings received by Judge McCrea.
- Ratings by jurors: Jurors who served in trials before Judge McCrea during 2018 and 2019 rated her 4.8 overall on a five-point scale. One juror commented, “Overall experience was great. Thank you.”
- Professional activities: The Council’s review of Judge McCrea’s professional activities showed exceptional contributions to her community and to the administration of justice. Judge McCrea served as a Co-chair of the Alaska Supreme Court Fairness, Diversity, and Equality Committee (a group that works to promote fairness, diversity and equality in the court system), and on a subcommittee to promote cultural competence. She was a member of the court system’s Judicial Conduct Rules Committee, and she worked on the “Success Inside and Out” conference at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center. She served as a Training Judge for magistrates. She participated annually in the Color of Justice program (an initiative to encourage diverse youth from throughout the state to consider legal and judicial careers), and she taught court education classes for new citizens. She volunteered to fill in as a judge when the communities of Bethel and Kenai were shorthanded.
- Other performance indicators: The Council’s review of other performance indicators, including Judge McCrea’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 McCrea was paid on schedule, and she certified that she had no untimely decisions.
- Ethics: There were no public disciplinary proceedings against Judge McCrea, and the Council’s review found no ethical concerns.
Judge McCrea’s Statements to the Public