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Alaska Statutes Title 22. Judiciary § 22.30.011. Powers and duties of the commission

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(a) The commission shall on its own motion or on receipt of a written complaint inquire into an allegation that a judge

(1) has been convicted of a crime punishable as a felony under state or federal law or convicted of a crime that involves moral turpitude under state or federal law;

(2) suffers from a disability that seriously interferes with the performance of judicial duties and that is or may become permanent;

(3) within a period of not more than six years before the filing of the complaint or before the beginning of the commission's inquiry based on its own motion, committed an act or acts that constitute

(A) wilful misconduct in office;

(B) wilful and persistent failure to perform judicial duties;

(C) conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice;

(D) conduct that brings the judicial office into disrepute;  or

(E) conduct in violation of the code of judicial conduct;  or

(4) is habitually intemperate.

(b) After preliminary informal consideration of an allegation, the commission may exonerate the judge, informally and privately admonish the judge, or recommend counseling.  Upon a finding of probable cause, the commission shall hold a formal hearing on the allegation.  A hearing under this subsection is public.  Proceedings and records pertaining to proceedings that occur before the commission holds a public hearing on an allegation are confidential, subject to the provisions of AS 22.30.060(b).

(c) A judge appearing before the commission at the hearing is entitled to counsel, may present evidence, and may cross-examine witnesses.

(d) The commission shall, after a hearing held under (b) of this section,

(1) exonerate the judge of the charges;  or

(2) refer the matter to the supreme court with a recommendation that the judge be reprimanded, suspended, removed, or retired from office or publicly or privately censured by the supreme court.

(e), (f) Repealed.

(g) If the commission exonerates a judge, a copy of the proceedings and report of the commission may be made public on the request of the judge.

(h) If a judge has been publicly reprimanded, suspended, or publicly censured under this section and the judge has filed a declaration of candidacy for retention in office, the commission shall report to the judicial council for inclusion in the statement filed by the judicial council under AS 15.58.050 each public reprimand, suspension, or public censure received by the judge

(1) since appointment;  or

(2) if the judge has been retained by election, since the last retention election of the judge.

Cite this article: - Alaska Statutes Title 22. Judiciary § 22.30.011. Powers and duties of the commission - last updated April 21, 2021 |

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