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District Courts & Small Claims
Sectional Analysis for CSHB 227(JUD)
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Last Updated:
April 5, 2004
Vanessa Tondini
Judiciary Committee Aide
465-4990 (Jan-May)
269-0250 (June-Dec)

    "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."

Section 1:  

increases the jurisdictional limit of district courts from $50,000 to $100,000.


Section 2:
 

increases the jurisdictional limits of the small claims court from $7500 to $10,000.


Section 3:
 

extends the jurisdiction of the district court to include claims for false imprisonment, libel, slander and malicious prosecution.


Section 4:
 

increases the jurisdictional amount for claims heard by magistrates from $7500 to $10,000.


Section 5:
 

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.


Section 6:
 

amends District Court Rule 11(a) to allow suits in small claims court against out-of-state defendants under traditional long-arm jurisdictional authority.


Section 7:
 

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.

 
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