"An Act increasing the jurisdictional limit for small claims and for magistrates from $7,500 to $10,000; increasing the jurisdictional limit of district courts in certain civil cases from $50,000 to $75,000; and amending Rule 11(a)(4), Alaska District Court Rules of Civil Procedure, relating to service of process for small claims."
increases the jurisdictional limit of district courts from $50,000 to $100,000.
increases the jurisdictional limits of the small claims court from $7500 to $10,000.
extends the jurisdiction of the district court to include claims for false imprisonment, libel, slander and malicious prosecution.
increases the jurisdictional amount for claims heard by magistrates from $7500 to $10,000.
precludes magistrates from hearing cases brought under the expanded small claims jurisdiction over out-of-state defendants provided for in Section 6 of the bill. Magistrates will continue to be able to hear claims against out-of-state defendants only under the landlord-tenant act or in accordance with the AS 09.05.20 relating to service of process on nonresident owner or operator of motor vehicle.
amends District Court Rule 11(a) to allow suits in small claims court against out-of-state defendants under traditional long-arm jurisdictional authority.
provides that sections 5 and 6 of the bill only take effect if the court rule change in section 6 of the bill receives the two-thirds majority vote of each house required by art. IV, sec. 15 of the Alaska Constitution.