Northwest Arctic Borough Court

Find Northwest Arctic Borough Alaska courts and courthouses, such as federal, state, district, superior, criminal, common, circuit, judicial, judiciary, divorce, appeals, family, traffic, and small claims courts. Courts provide information on legal cases, law documents, case searches, and appeals.


Kotzebue Superior Court 605 Third Avenue Kotzebue AK 99752 907-442-3208


About Northwest Arctic Borough Courts

Courts in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK are government institutions that resolve legal disputes in accordance with local Northwest Arctic Borough and Alaska law and are housed in Northwest Arctic Borough courthouses. Courts are divided into Criminal Courts and Civil Courts. In Northwest Arctic Borough Criminal Courts, the government prosecutes a case against parties accused of breaking the law. In Northwest Arctic Borough Civil Courts the Court resolves disputes between citizens.

You may contact Courts for questions about:
  • Northwest Arctic Borough court records and judgments
  • Law documents, filings and case records
  • Appealing Northwest Arctic Borough court judgments
  • Court calendars and dockets
  • Northwest Arctic Borough background checks
Northwest Arctic Borough Court Records

Northwest Arctic Borough court records are available to the public at the Northwest Arctic Borough Courthouse. Records vary by specific court, however, commonly requested public records include copies of court decisions, court filings and records, court dockets and calendars, people and background check information as well as criminal records.

About the US Court System

The United States Legal System is comprised of a Federal Court System and Fifty State Court Systems which hear cases at Northwest Arctic Borough Courthouses.

Northwest Arctic Borough Trial Courts

Northwest Arctic Borough Courts, where cases are heard for the first time, are where both sides, the prosecutor and defendant present evidence to argue and support their versions of events. A jury usually decides the outcome of cases and a single judge presides over the court room.

Limited Jurisdiction Court

Limited Jurisdiction Courts in Northwest Arctic Borough are typically limited to hearing only cases about small claims, traffic and driving violations, and misdemeanor offenses. Other courts of limited jurisdiction include Northwest Arctic Borough Probate Courts and Northwest Arctic Borough Family Courts.

Appellate Court in Northwest Arctic Borough, Alaska

Appellate Courts, or Courts of Appeal, hear appeals of decisions that are reached in Northwest Arctic Borough Trial Courts. A judge or a panel of judges presides over the appellate process and decides the outcome of the trial rather than a jury.

Alaska Federal Courts

Federal Courts are divided into Trial Courts and Appellate courts. Northwest Arctic Borough Federal Courts are divided into Courts of General Jurisdiction and Courts of Limited Jurisdiction. General Jurisdiction Courts preside over all matters of cases, whereas Courts of Limited Jurisdiction are limited by their scope. Federal Courts in Alaska are referred to as Superior Courts or District Courts and have jurisdictional authority over defined geographic areas.

Twelve Circuit Courts comprise the US Appellate Court System with the United States Supreme Court at its head. Appellate Courts in Alaska state are similar to the Federal System, whereas multiple appellate courts hear cases within a defined geographic area, governed by the highest State Court, the Alaska Supreme Court.