RETAIN | 6 - 0
David R. Wallace
Anchorage District Court | Third Judicial District
Judge Wallace was appointed to the Anchorage District Court in January of 2009. This is his third retention election. Judge Wallace handles both civil and criminal cases.
After conducting its performance review, the Judicial Council determined that Judge Wallace 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 Wallace met or exceeded educational requirements set by the Alaska Supreme Court.
Because Judge Wallace 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 Wallace include:
- Ratings by justice system professionals: Attorneys and law enforcement officers who appeared before Judge Wallace gave him very good reviews, as did court employees. The chart shows the survey ratings received by Judge Wallace.
- Ratings by jurors: Jurors who served in trials before Judge Wallace during 2018 and 2019 rated Judge Wallace 4.9 overall on a five-point scale. One juror commented, “Judge Wallace was an exemplar Judge! I hope all judges are as professional and skilled communicators.”
- Professional activities: The Council’s review of Judge Wallace’s professional activities showed significant contributions to his community and to the administration of justice. Judge Wallace presided over the Anchorage Veterans Court (a therapeutic court that works to rehabilitate veterans who are charged with crimes), and also over the Anchorage Municipal Wellness Court (a therapeutic court that hears cases involving individuals with substance abuse problems who are charged with misdemeanor crimes). He served as a member of the court system’s Civil Rules and Security committees. He served as the Deputy Presiding Anchorage District Court Judge, handling administrative matters for the Anchorage District Court.
- Other performance indicators: The Council’s review of other performance indicators, including Judge Wallace’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 Wallace was paid on schedule, and he certified that he had no untimely decisions.
- Ethics: There were no public disciplinary proceedings against Judge Wallace, and the Council’s review found no ethical concerns.
Judge Wallace’s Statements to the Public