Judicial council looking to fill Alaska judgeships

Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Judicial Council is looking to fill three open judgeships, two in Anchorage and one in Bethel.

Superior Court Judge Karen Hunt has announced she will retire on Sept. 1 after 16 years on the Anchorage bench. During her tenure, Hunt served a period as presiding judge and in 1998 was named one of the 25 most powerful people in Alaska by the Alaska Journal of Business and Commerce.

The Anchorage District Court seat was vacated when Judge Stephanie Joannides was promoted to the Superior Court bench.

The vacancy in Bethel is a new District Court seat created to handle the burgeoning caseload in Western Alaska that is piling up on a Superior Court judge and a magistrate. District Court judges largely handle misdemeanors.

Judges are nominated by the judicial council, appointed by the governor, and periodically reviewed by the public during general elections.

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