Former judge says Alaska should keep politics out of judicial selection process

Former Alaska judge Elaine Andrews believes the state has one of the best processes for selecting judges in the country — and she’d like to keep it that way.

“It is among the most transparent in the nation,” Andrews said during the March 1 meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce at the ER Ale House. “It is an amazing thing.”

Rather than having elected judges, Alaska’s system relies on a “merit based” system, Andrews explained. She explained that the authors of the Alaska Constitution didn’t want the judicial selection process to be overly political, so they installed a system in which the Alaska Judicial Council reviews and selects potential judges.

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