|United States District Court for the District of Alaska|
|Appeals to||Ninth Circuit|
|Established||January 3, 1959|
|Chief Judge||Sharon L. Gleason|
|Officers of the court|
|U.S. Attorney||S. Lane Tucker|
|U.S. Marshal||Robert Heun|
The United States District Court for the District of Alaska (in case citations, D. Alaska) is a federal court in the Ninth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).
The District was established on July 7, 1958, pending Alaska statehood on January 3, 1959.
The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Alaska represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. As of April 25, 2022[update] the United States Attorney is S. Lane Tucker.
The United States District Court for the District of Alaska is the sole federal judicial district in Alaska. Court for the District is held at Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Ketchikan, and Nome.
Anchorage Division comprises the following borough/census areas: Aleutians East, Aleutians West, Anchorage, Bethel, Bristol Bay, Dillingham, Kenai Peninsula, Kodiak Island, Lake and Peninsula, Matanuska-Susitna, and Valdez-Cordova.
Fairbanks Division comprises the following borough/census areas: Denali, Fairbanks North Star, North Slope, Southeast Fairbanks, and Yukon-Koyukuk.
Juneau Division comprises the following borough/census areas: Haines, Hoonah-Angoon, Juneau, Petersburg, Sitka, Skagway, and Yakutat.
Ketchikan Division comprises the following borough/census areas: Ketchikan Gateway, Prince of Wales, and Wrangell.
Nome Division comprises the following borough/census areas: Nome, Northwest Arctic, and Kusilvak.
As of January 1, 2022[update]:
|#||Title||Judge||Duty station||Born||Term of service||Appointed by|
|11||Chief Judge||Sharon L. Gleason||Anchorage||1957||2012–present||2022–present||—||Obama|
|12||District Judge||Joshua Kindred||Anchorage||1977||2020–present||—||—||Trump|
|5||Senior Judge||H. Russel Holland||Anchorage||1936||1984–2001||1989–1995||2001–present||Reagan|
|7||Senior Judge||James K. Singleton||inactive||1939||1990–2005||1995–2002||2005–present||G.H.W. Bush|
|8||Senior Judge||John W. Sedwick||Anchorage||1946||1992–2011||2002–2009||2011–present||G.H.W. Bush|
|9||Senior Judge||Ralph R. Beistline||Fairbanks||1948||2002–2015||2009–2015||2015–present||G.W. Bush|
|10||Senior Judge||Timothy M. Burgess||Anchorage||1956||2006–2021||2015–2021||2021–present||G.W. Bush|
|Seat||Prior judge's duty station||Seat last held by||Vacancy reason||Date of vacancy||Nominee||Date of nomination|
|2||Anchorage||Timothy M. Burgess||Senior status||December 31, 2021||–||–|
|#||Judge||State||Born–died||Active service||Chief Judge||Senior status||Appointed by||Reason for|
|1||Walter Hartman Hodge||AK||1896–1975||1960–1966||1961–1966||1966–1975||Eisenhower||death|
|2||Raymond Eugene Plummer||AK||1913–1987||1961–1973||1966–1973||1973–1987||Kennedy||death|
|3||James von der Heydt||AK||1919–2013||1966–1984||1973–1984||1984–2013||L. Johnson||death|
|4||James Martin Fitzgerald||AK||1920–2011||1974–1989||1984–1989||1989–2011||Ford||death|
|6||Andrew Kleinfeld||AK||1945–present||1986–1991||—||—||Reagan||elevation to 9th Cir.|
Chief judges have administrative responsibilities with respect to their district court. Unlike the Supreme Court, where one justice is specifically nominated to be chief, the office of chief judge rotates among the district court judges. To be chief, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as chief judge. A vacancy is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The chief judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position.
When the office was created in 1948, the chief judge was the longest-serving judge who had not elected to retire on what has since 1958 been known as senior status or declined to serve as chief judge. After August 6, 1959, judges could not become or remain chief after turning 70 years old. The current rules have been in operation since October 1, 1982.
From 1884 through 1959, the highest court in Alaska was a United States territorial court. In 1900, the court was enlarged from one to three judges, with each judge having a district. From 1900 till 1909, the districts were Juneau (First), Nome (Second), and Fairbanks (Third). In 1909, a fourth district and judge was added. From 1909 till 1959, the districts were Juneau (First), Nome (Second), Valdez and Anchorage (Third), and Fairbanks (Fourth).
|#||District||Seat||Judge||State||Born–died||Active service||Appointed by||Reason for|
|1||—||Sitka and Wrangell||Ward McAllister Jr.||CA||1855–1908||1884–1885||Arthur||dismissal|
|2||—||Sitka and Wrangell||E. J. Dawne||OR||1844–?||1885||Cleveland||dismissal|
|3||—||Sitka and Wrangell||Lafayette Dawson||MO||1839–1897||1885–1888||Cleveland||resignation|
|4||—||Sitka and Wrangell||John H. Keatley||IA||1838–1905||1888–1889||Cleveland||resignation|
|5||—||Sitka and Wrangell||John S. Bugbee||1840–1896||1889–1892||B. Harrison|
|6||—||Sitka and Wrangell||Warren D. Truitt||1855–1935||1892–1897||B. Harrison|
|7||—||Sitka and Wrangell||Arthur Delaney||1841–1905||1895–1897||Cleveland||dismissal|
|8||—||Sitka and Wrangell||Charles S. Johnson||1854–1906||1897–1900||McKinley|
|Sitka and Wrangell||Melville C. Brown||1838–1928||1900
|10||2||Nome||Arthur H. Noyes||1853–1915||1900–1902||McKinley|
|12||2||Nome||Alfred S. Moore||1846–1920||1902–1910||T. Roosevelt|
|13||1||Sitka and Wrangell (to 1906)
Juneau (from 1906)
|Royal Arch Gunnison||1873–1918||1904–1909||T. Roosevelt|
|14||3||Fairbanks||Silas H. Reid||1870–1911||1908–1909||T. Roosevelt|
|15||1||Juneau||Thomas R. Lyons||1867–1941||1909–1913||Taft|
|16||3||Valdez and Anchorage||Edward E. Cushman||1865–1944||1909–1912||Taft|
Valdez and Anchorage
|18||2||Nome||Cornelius D. Murane||1867–1951||1910–1913||Taft|
|19||4||Fairbanks||Frederic E. Fuller||1868–1953||1912–1914||Taft|
|20||1||Juneau||Robert W. Jennings||1864–1937||1913–1921||Wilson|
|21||3||Valdez and Anchorage||Frederick M. Brown||1864–1946||1913–1921||Wilson|
|22||2||Nome||John Randolph Tucker||1854–1926||1913–1917||Wilson|
|23||4||Fairbanks||Charles E. Bunnell||1878–1956||1915–1921||Wilson|
|24||2||Nome||William A. Holzheimer||1870–1948||1917–1921||Wilson|
|25||3||Valdez and Anchorage||Elmer E. Ritchie||1861–1941||1921–1927||Harding|
|26||2||Nome||Gudbrand J. Lomen||1854–1934||1921–1932||Harding|
|27||1||Juneau||Thomas M. Reed||1857–1928||1921–1928||Harding|
Valdez and Anchorage
|Cecil H. Clegg||1873–1956||1921–1932
|Valdez and Anchorage
|E. Coke Hill||1866–1961||1927–1932
|30||1||Juneau||Justin Woodward Harding||1888–1976||1929–1934||Coolidge|
|31||2||Nome||Lester O. Gore||1890–1965||1932–1934||Hoover|
|32||1||Juneau||George F. Alexander||1882–1948||1933–1947||F. Roosevelt|
|33||3||Valdez and Anchorage||Simon Hellenthal||1877–1955||1935–1945||F. Roosevelt|
|34||4||Fairbanks||Harry Emerson Pratt||1884–1957||1935–1954||F. Roosevelt|
|35||2||Nome||J. H. S. Morison||1864–1952||1935–1944||F. Roosevelt|
|36||2||Nome||Joseph W. Kehoe||1890–1959||1944–1951||F. Roosevelt|
|37||3||Valdez and Anchorage||Anthony Dimond||1881–1953||1945–1953||F. Roosevelt|
|38||1||Juneau||George W. Folta||1893–1955||1947–1955||Truman||death|
|39||2||Nome||J. Earl Cooper||1907–1964||1952–1953||Truman|
|40||3||Valdez and Anchorage||J. L. McCarrey Jr.||1906–1992||1953–1959||Eisenhower||court dissolution|
|41||2||Nome||Walter Hartman Hodge||1896–1975||1954–1959||Eisenhower||court dissolution|
|42||4||Fairbanks||Vernon D. Forbes||1905–1990||1954–1959||Eisenhower||court dissolution|
|43||1||Juneau||Raymond J. Kelly||1894–1979||1955–1959||Eisenhower||court dissolution|