RETAIN | 6 - 0
Pamela S. Washington
Anchorage District Court | Third Judicial District
Judge Washington was appointed to the Anchorage District Court in August of 2010. This is her third retention election. Judge Washington handles both civil and criminal cases.
After conducting its performance review, the Judicial Council determined that Judge Washington 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 Washington met or exceeded educational requirements set by the Alaska Supreme Court.
Because Judge Washington 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 Washington include:
- Ratings by justice system professionals: Attorneys and law enforcement officers who appeared before Judge Washington gave her good reviews, as did court employees. The chart shows the survey ratings received by Judge Washington.
- Ratings by jurors: Jurors who served in trials before Judge Washington during 2018 and 2019 rated her 4.9 overall on a five-point scale. One juror commented, “She was great, and I think it’s awesome seeing such a smart, powerful woman up there.”
- Professional activities: The Council’s review of Judge Washington’s professional activities showed exceptional contributions to her community and to the administration of justice. Judge Washington served as Co-chair of the Alaska Supreme Court Fairness, Diversity & Equality Committee (a group that promotes fairness, diversity, and equality in the court system), and as the chair of the Color of Justice Program (a program that encourages diverse youth from throughout the state to consider legal and judicial careers). She presided over the Anchorage Coordinated Resources Project (a therapeutic court that works with individuals experiencing mental disabilities who are charged with crimes). She covered cases filed in Sand Point, a court location that does not have a resident judge, and she served as a temporary superior court judge to cover a vacant judicial position on the superior court in Anchorage. She volunteered for the “Success Inside and Out” conference at Hiland Mountain Correctional Facility. She was active in community organizations such as Youth Court, We the People, Spelling Bees, Law Day, and conducting courthouse tours for students.
- Other performance indicators: The Council’s review of other performance indicators, including Judge Washington’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 Washington was paid on schedule, and she certified that she had no untimely decisions.
- Ethics: There were no public disciplinary proceedings against Judge Washington, and the Council’s review found no ethical concerns.
Judge Washington’s Statements to the Public