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DBAA: Alaska Trial Court Cases

Today’s Alaska agency database from the Alaska page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is:

  • Alaska Trial Court Cases – Provides access to non confidential civil and criminal trial records back to about 1990. Database is searchable by personal name, business name or case number.

A few things to keep in mind about this database:

  • You won’t find any full text records online. These are just listings of basic facts about the case.
  • As these are public records, you can request copies at $0.25/page from the clerk of the court where the case takes place. More information on obtaining court records can be found at http://www.courts.alaska.gov/trialcts.htm#recs.
  • Don’t make assumptions if you find someone’s name here. Not everyone listed has been convicted and the record could be for a different person with the same name. Please read the other cautions at the bottom of the search page.

Last week I promised to show you my trial court record. If you put in Cornwall for last name and Daniel for first name, you’ll get the following record:

 Party                           Affl Party Type   D.O.B                    Case Status              Case Number
  Cornwall, Daniel    DFNDT                   09/30/1965     Closed                       1JU-05-J502053      

If you click on the case number in the search result, you’ll see that this was for a parking ticket. Not all parking tickets wind up in the trial court system. In this case I had misplaced the ticket and forgot to pay it. The city took me to court. When I received the new notice, I paid my ticket (perhaps also a late fine – I forget) and never actually had to stand red-faced in front of a judge. Case closed. Let this be a lesson to you. You don’t know what databases you might be in until you actually search them.

Next week we’ll look at the legislature’s main database.

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