The federal court system is considering closing 60 courts in 29 states – including Alaska – in an effort to reduce costs.
Courts in Fairbanks, Ketchikan, and Juneau could be affected by the proposal.
In a statement released today, Senator Mark Begich said, “What's the cost savings, how many jobs are eliminated, and what's the impact on residents who would have to drive hundreds of miles or buy an airline ticket to attend a court proceeding? It would be a disservice to Alaskans in these cities – to arbitrarily shut off their access to the federal courts. As this proposal continues being reviewed, I will do all I can to ensure that Alaskans are not mistreated by an ill-conceived idea.”