Frequently Asked Questions

1.  What type of decisions are posted?
2.  When are new decisions available?
3.  How long will a decision be posted?
4.  How can I access a case?
5.  Why were footnotes converted to end notes?
6.  Is a search engine available?
7.  Can I print a copy of a decision?

What type of decisions are posted?

Three types of decisions are posted: (1) Decisions by Alaska Bankruptcy judges from 1990 to the present; (2) Trial and appellate decisions from the United States District Court for the District of Alaska from 1990 to the present dealing with bankruptcy issues; and (3) Appellate decisions from the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Ninth Circuit and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Alaska cases from 1990 to the present dealing with bankruptcy issues.

All decisions that have been designated for publication and appear in the Alaska Bankruptcy Reports (ABR) can be found on this site. The website is not a complete inventory of all Alaska bankruptcy trial and appellate decisions from 1990 to the present. It represents only those cases that Alaska bankruptcy judges have chosen to publish. The electronic versions of the decisions appearing on this site have been scanned and may contain scanning errors. Official records are available at the Clerk of the United States Bankruptcy Court, 605 W. 4th Ave., Room 138, Anchorage, Alaska 99501-2296. Posted decisions may have been modified or reversed on appeal or overruled or superceded by subsequent decisions of trial or appellate courts.

When are new decisions available?

New decisions will be available within ten days of a supplement to the ABR. Supplements to the ABR are published irregularly and are dependent on the number of trial and appellate decisions selected for publication.

How long will a decision be posted?

Indefinitely at the present. Posting time may be curtailed in the future depending upon the fiscal needs of the court and the digital storage space available.

How can I access a case?

You can access a case in the same manner as in the written ABR through several alternative methods. The case index lists case names along with appropriate ABR cites. Simply browse the alphabetical index, find the name of your case and click on the cite. A case summary or digest will appear on the screen. Click again on the cite at the end of the digest and your case will appear. The keyword index locates cases by the use of certain key words and phrases. Browse the alphabetical index, find the word or phrase you want and click on a cite. Your selection will appear. The "Code" index locates cases by code section or rule. Code sections and rules are listed numerically. Browse to the section or rule you want, click on the cite and the case will appear at the precise point where the code section or rule is cited. In later volumes, most citations will appear in footnotes at the end of the case. The case digest index allows you to browse concise summaries of all ABR cases. The digests are listed chronologically. To access a case, simply click on the cite at the end of the digest.

Why were footnotes converted to end notes?

Changing the footnotes to end notes shortened the amount of time necessary to convert these decisions to a web format. Footnotes can be readily accessed without going to the end of a document by simply clicking on the footnote number. To return to the same place in the text after reading the footnote, simply click your browser's back button.

Is a search engine available?

Yes!. Click on the Search Button on the opening menu.

Can I print a copy of a decision?

Yes. When you are in the case, simply click on your browser's print function and the entire case will be printed. A word of caution, however, as to printing a copy of the digest. Don't try to print a copy of a digest unless you can limit printing to selected text! The case digests comprise one file for copying purposes. You could end up with ten years of digests if your print function is not limited.