RETAIN | 6 - 0
William T. Montgomery
Bethel District Court | Fourth Judicial District
Judge Montgomery was appointed to the Bethel District Court in June of 2018. This is his first retention election. Judge Montgomery handles both civil and criminal cases.
After conducting its performance review, the Judicial Council determined that Judge Montgomery 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 Montgomery met or exceeded educational requirements set by the Alaska Supreme Court.
Because Judge Montgomery 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 Montgomery include:
- Ratings by justice system professionals: Attorneys and law enforcement officers who appeared before Judge Montgomery gave him very good reviews, as did court employees. The chart shows the survey ratings received by Judge Montgomery.
- Ratings by jurors: Jurors who served in trials before Judge Montgomery during 2018 and 2019 rated him 4.6 overall on a five-point scale. One juror commented, “He was an excellent judge.”
- Professional activities: The Council’s review of Judge Montgomery’s professional activities showed positive contributions to his community and to the administration of justice. Judge Montgomery was a member of the court system’s Jury Improvement Committee, a group that works to improve the jury service experience. He attended various public functions in the Bethel community, and made a presentation to a school group about the role and responsibilities of a judge. He served as a temporary superior court judge in Bethel when the superior court needed assistance.
- Other performance indicators: The Council’s review of other performance indicators, including Judge Montgomery’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 Montgomery was paid on schedule, and he certified that he had no untimely decisions.
- Ethics: There were no public disciplinary proceedings against Judge Montgomery, and the Council’s review found no ethical concerns.
Judge Montgomery’s Statements to the Public