RETAIN | 6 - 0
Anchorage Superior Court | Third Judicial District
Judge Miller was appointed to the Anchorage Superior Court in January of 2011. This is his second retention evaluation. Judge Miller handles a mostly civil caseload, and a smaller number of criminal cases.
After conducting its performance review, the Judicial Council determined that Judge Miller 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 Miller met or exceeded educational requirements set by the Alaska Supreme Court.
Because Judge Miller 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 Miller include:
- Ratings by justice system professionals: Attorneys, law enforcement officers, and social services professionals who appeared before Judge Miller gave him good reviews, as did court employees. The chart shows the survey ratings received by Judge Miller.
- Professional activities: The Council’s review of Judge Miller’s professional activities showed significant contributions to his community and to the administration of justice. Judge Miller served as Chair of the Newer Judge Training Committee (to organize and present an annual conference for judges during their first three years on the bench). He organized the court system’s mentoring program for new judges, and served as a mentor to new judges.
- Other performance indicators:The Council’s review of other performance indicators, including Judge Miller’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 Miller was paid on schedule, and he certified that he had no untimely decisions.
- Ethics: There were no public disciplinary proceedings against Judge Miller, and the Council’s review found no ethical concerns.
Judge Miller’s Statements to the Public