RETAIN | 6 - 0
Bethel Superior Court | Fourth Judicial District
Judge Peters was appointed to the Bethel Superior Court in February of 2017. This is his first retention evaluation. Judge Peters handles civil and criminal cases.
After conducting its performance review, the Judicial Council determined that Judge Peters 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 Peters met or exceeded educational requirements set by the Alaska Supreme Court.
Because Judge Peters 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 Peters include:
- Ratings by justice system professionals: Attorneys, law enforcement officers, and social services professionals who appeared before Judge Peters gave him good reviews, as did court employees. The chart shows the survey ratings received by Judge Peters.
- Ratings by jurors: Jurors who served in trials before Judge Peters during 2018 and 2019 rated him 4.5 overall on a five-point scale. One juror commented, “Communication from Judge was appreciated and got better the longer we were here, thank you.”
- Professional activities: The Council’s review of Judge Peters’s professional activities showed significant contributions to his community and to the administration of justice. Judge Peters served as the Co-chair of the court system’s Child in Need of Aid Court Improvement Committee (a group that works to improve the court system’s handling of child welfare cases). He was a member of the court system’s Criminal Pattern Jury Instruction Committee, served on the Three-Judge Sentencing Panel (a panel that reviews criminal sentences in special situations), and served as a Training Judge and evaluator of magistrates. He attended community meetings for rural courts in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
- Other performance indicators: The Council’s review of other performance indicators, including Judge Peters’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 Peters was paid on schedule, and he certified that he had no untimely decisions.
- Ethics: There were no public disciplinary proceedings against Judge Peters, and the Council’s review found no ethical concerns.
Judge Peters’s Statements to the Public