The Alaska Judicial Council will hold a public hearing on Monday, Dec. 5, at 12:30 pm to take public comments on the applicants for an Alaska Supreme Court judicial vacancy.
Members of the public can participate in person at the Boney Courthouse, Supreme Court Courtroom, 303 K Street, Anchorage, or by calling 1-833-928-4610, meeting ID 844 6481 1777
The council is meeting Monday and Tuesday to interview, discuss, and nominate the most qualified applicants for the vacancy due to the forthcoming retirement of Chief Justice Daniel E. Winfree. The position is for justice, while the next chief justice is selected by other members of the Supreme Court for a three-year position.
The council usually recommends two or more names to the governor, who picks one. The governor has very little choice in the matter and often is only given two names by the council, which by design in the Alaska Constitution is dominated by the Alaska Bar Association.
Candidates to be interviewed on Monday include:
- Jude Pate
- Paul Roetman
- Aimee Oravec
- Dani Crosby
- Margaret Paton Walsh