Presiding Judges Appointed for 2017
December 29, 2016
Judge Stevens was first appointed to the Superior Court in Ketchikan in 2000. Prior to his appointment, Judge Stephens worked in private practice, as an assistant public defender, and as an assistant district attorney and district attorney.
Stephens received both his undergraduate and law degree from Willamette University College of Law. He serves on the court system's Family Rules Committee, the Statewide Security and Emergency Preparedness Committee, the Child in Need of Aid Court Improvement Project Committee, the Jury Improvement Committee and the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission. He is also a member of the Three Judge Sentencing Panel. Stephens was born and raised in Ketchikan and graduated from Ketchikan High School in 1977.
The Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court appoints a presiding judge for each of the four judicial districts. The appointments are for a one year term and cover a calendar year period, and incumbents are eligible for reappointment.
Chief Justice Stowers also announced the appointment of three other presiding judges: Superior Court Judge Paul A. Roetman for the Second Judicial District; Superior Court Judge William F. Morse for the Third Judicial District; and Superior Court Judge Michael A. MacDonald for the Fourth Judicial district.
In addition to regular judicial duties, the presiding judge of each judicial district has the administrative responsibility to supervise the assignment of cases and administrative actions of judges and courts personnel, to keep current the business of courts, to review and recommend budgets, and to review the operation of the trial courts in the district to assure adherence to statewide court objectives and policies.
Reporting & Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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