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Court Info: General FAQ

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What is the court's copy fee and policy?
Do I need an attorney to file a case?
Will I have to pass a security check when I enter the courthouse?
What forms of payment are acceptable at the U.S. District Court?
Are all records in the Clerk's office public information?
How do I get certified copies of documents?
What does it mean if a person is granted "In Forma Pauperis" (IFP) status?
How many judges are there in the District of Alaska?
What are the Federal Holidays?
How many days will it take to fulfill an archive request?
Who do I call for court calendar or docket information?
Where do I file?
What are the fees for the U.S. District Court?
Is there a document available from the Court which provides procedural information?
How do I get admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court?
How many copies do I need to file at the Court?
What are the witness fees?
What does the case number tell me?
Who do I contact to find out about training for the Digital Evidence Presentation System (DEPS)?
Do you have a Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system?


What is the court's copy fee and policy?

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The Judicial Conference sets all fees for the District Courts. Refer to the Fees page for a listing of current fee amounts.

Each filing is required to consist of an original copy.


Do I need an attorney to file a case?

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While it is possible to participate in a case "pro se," that is, without the assistance of an attorney, it is extremely difficult to do so successfully. Hiring a competent attorney is highly recommended. For information about referral programs, contact your local bar association. The web site for the Alaskan Bar Association is at http://www.alaskabar.org/

The U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska has a pro se clerk to facilitate filing and processing of pro se litigation. We also have forms, instructions, and a pro se handbook available on our web site. Click the link in this paragraph or select "Reference...Pro Se" from the menu at the top of the page.

Please refer to this handbook if you anticipate becoming involved in pro se litigation with this Court.


Will I have to pass a security check when I enter the courthouse?

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Yes.

The courthouse is operating under heightened security awareness. You will need to present valid identification, all bags, parcels, briefcases, etc. are subject to x-ray search, and persons entering the courthouse must pass through a magnetometer ("metal detector").

While cameras, cell phones and pagers are allowed in the Federal Building, they are not permitted in the U.S. Court area. It would be best to not bring these items with you.

Weapons are not allowed in any part of the building.

18 USC section 930
POSSESSION OF FIREARMS AND DANGEROUS WEAPONS IN FEDERAL FACILITIES

Except as otherwise provided, whoever knowingly possesses or causes to be present a firearm or dangerous weapon in a federal court facility or U.S. Attorney's office, or attempts to do so, may be subject to the following penalties:

  • a fine, 2 years imprisonment or both for possession or attempted possession.
  • a fine, 5 years imprisonment or both if such a weapon is used in the commission of a crime.


What forms of payment are acceptable at the U.S. District Court?

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Cash, check, money order or cashiers check payable to Clerk, U.S. District Court.

  • We do not accept third party checks.
  • We cannot accept credit or debit cards.
  • Cash payments must be in exact change only.
  • NSF checks will be assessed a service fee. Refer to the Fees page for a listing of current fee amounts.

Are all records in the Clerk's office public information?

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All records are public information unless sealed by the court.


How do I get certified copies of documents?

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First, either visit the court office, or call the Intake Desk at (907) 677-6130 to determine the number of pages in the document.

If making a written request by mail, send the request to the appropriate court office where the case was filed. Please include the case name, case number, filing date, and the title of the specific document(s) which you wish to have certified. In addition, please include your name, address and daytime telephone number. Payment must be included with written requests.

Payment can be in the form of a check, money order, or cashier's check made payable to Clerk, U.S. District Court. Refer to the Fees page for a listing of current fee amounts.


What does it mean if a person is granted "In Forma Pauperis" (IFP) status?

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"In Forma Pauperis" status means the court has waived the Civil case filing fee requirement.

It does not mean that other costs, such as copying or certifying, are waived.


How many judges are there in the District of Alaska?

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To view a list of Federal Judges in the District of Alaska click here or select "Judges" from the menu at the top of the page.


What are the Federal Holidays?

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To view a list of Federal and Alaska holidays, click the link in this paragraph or select "Court Info...Holidays" from the menu at the top of the page.


How many days will it take to fulfill an archive request?

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Individuals who request files from archives can expect to review those files within 30 days. See the court Fee schedule for current archive request fees.


Who do I contact for court calendar or docket information?

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Phone numbers for Case Management Clerks can be found by clicking the link in this paragraph or by selecting "Court Info...Contacts" from the menu at the top of the page.

Court calendars for today and for the next working day are available on this site by clicking the links in this paragraph or by selecting "Calendars" from the menu at the top of the page.


Where do I file?

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The primary filing location is in Anchorage, Alaska. The Court has divisional offices located in Fairbanks, Juneau and Ketchikan. In addition, we can accept filings in Nome.

Information about court offices can provide guidance to the closest filing location. Click on the link in this paragraph, or select "Court Info...Offices" from the menu at the top of the page.


What are the fees for the U.S. District Court?

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To view a list of fees charged by the US District Court click here or select "Court Info...Fees" from the menu at the top of the page.


Is there a document available from the Court which provides procedural information?

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Yes.

The District of Alaska Local Rules are available by clicking the link in this paragraph or by selecting "Reference...Rules" from the menu at the top of the page.

In addition, there is a Legal Secretary Federal Litigation Guide from James Publishing available in most law libraries.


How do I get admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court?

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Contact the Attorney's Admission Clerk at (907) 677-6124.


How many copies do I need to file at the Court?

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Each filing is required to consist of an original copy.


What are the witness fees?

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The witness fees are the same as the jury fees, which are $40.00 per day and $0.56 per mile.


What does the case number tell me?

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Alaska case numbers consist of the location where the case was filed, the year of filing, a case type abbreviation, five sequence digits, and the initials of the judge assigned to the case. The most common case types are "CR" for Criminal prosecutions and "CV" for Civil actions.

The case number format is as follows: L:YY-TT-NNNNN

L Location 1 = Juneau
2 = Nome
3 = Anchorage
4 = Fairbanks
5 = Ketchikan
YY Year filed 00-40 = 2000-2040
TT Case type CV = Civil
CR = Criminal
MC = Miscellaneous
MJ = Magistrate Judge
NNNN Sequence number 00001-99999

Example: 3:06-CV-00100 is a Civil case filed in Anchorage in 2006, the one hundred case of that type in that year.


Who do I contact to find out about training for the Digital Evidence Presentation System (DEPS)?

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Please call (907) 677-6123


Do you have a Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system?

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To establish an access account for all U.S. Court PACER systems, contact the PACER Service Center at (800) 676-6856. PACER online fee is available at Click here