Alaska Jury Selection


Jury selection refers to a procedure employed to choose the people from among the community using a reasonably random method to serve on a trial jury.  Names of prospective jurors are drawn from the lists of registered voters within the relevant election districts of the state.  Jury wheels, which lists the prospective jurors for petit jury service is not made public until the jurors are summoned and appeared at the courthouse.  The chief judge may order additional names to be placed in a master jury wheel from time to time as necessary.  From time to time, as directed by the court, the clerk or district judge will publicly draw at random from the master jury wheels the names of as many persons as may be required for jury service.

The policy of the United States District Court for the District of Alaska ensures that all citizens irrespective of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or economic status have the opportunity to be considered for service on grand and petit juries in the district courts of the United States.  Likewise, all litigants entitled to trial by jury have the right to a jury selected at random from a fair cross-section of the community in the district or division wherein the court convened.  The clerks of court, under the supervision of the chief judge, manage the juror selection Plan.