ALASKA JUDICIAL COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION
Judge Stephanie Joannides, District Court, Anchorage



I. Judicial Council Evaluation. The Alaska Judicial Council, a non-partisan citizens commission established by the Alaska Constitution, finds Judge Joannides to be Qualified and recommends that the public vote "YES" to retain her as a district court judge.

II. Summary of Evaluation Information. A survey of all 2,650 attorneys in Alaska rated Judge Joannides in the excellent category on overall judicial performance (4.2). She scored highest in the categories of "conduct free from impropriety" (4.4), "courtesy" (4.4) and "impartiality" (4.3). She scored 4.1 or better in all sixteen categories.

Attorney
Survey
Peace
Officer
Survey
Juror
Survey
Court
Employee
Survey
Court
Watch
Survey
Legal Ability 4.1 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Impartiality 4.3 4.2 4.6 N/A N/A
Integrity 4.3 4.3 N/A 4.4 N/A
Temperament 4.2 4.2 4.7 4.4 N/A
Diligence 4.2 4.2 N/A 4.4 N/A
Overall 4.2 4.1 4.7 4.3 4.1

A survey of all 1,241 peace and probation officers in Alaska rated Judge Joannides in the excellent category on overall judicial performance (4.1). She scored highest in the categories of "conduct free from impropriety" (4.4), "courtesy" (4.4) and "human understanding" (4.4).

A survey of all jurors appearing before Judge Joannides in 1994 and 1995 rated her in the excellent category (4.7) on overall performance. A survey of all court employees rated her in the excellent category (4.3) on overall performance. The CourtWatch Report prepared by Victims for Justice gave Judge Joannides a 4.1 overall rating.

The Council also completed a background investigation including a court records check, a disciplinary records check, a review of conflict of interest statements submitted to the court system and a review of financial disclosure statements submitted to the Alaska Public Offices Commission. Attorneys, peace officers, court employees and jurors were asked to submit written comments about the judge. The Council actively encouraged the public to comment, both in writing and in a statewide public hearing teleconference.

Recommendation: Vote 'YES' to retain Judge Joannides

Contact the Judicial Council at 1029 W. 3rd, Suite 201, Anchorage, AK 99501 (telephone: (907) 279-2526) for more detailed information, or review the information on our Internet site at: http://www.state.ak.us/local/akpages/COURTS/AJC/home.htm



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