RETAIN | 6 - 0
Leslie N. Dickson
Anchorage District Court | Third Judicial District
Judge Dickson was appointed to the Anchorage District Court in November of 2012. This is her second retention evaluation. Judge Dickson handles both civil and criminal cases.
After conducting its performance review, the Judicial Council determined that Judge Dickson met or exceeded performance standards on all criteria, including legal ability, integrity, impartiality/fairness, temperament, diligence, and administrative skills.
The Council also determined that Judge Dickson met or exceeded educational requirements set by the Alaska Supreme Court.
Because Judge Dickson met or exceeded all performance and professional development standards, the Alaska Judicial Council recommends a “yes” vote on retention in office.
The Council conducts a thorough performance review of each judge standing for retention. Key findings for Judge Dickson include:
- Ratings by justice system professionals: Attorneys and law enforcement officers who appeared before Judge Dickson gave her very good reviews, as did court employees. The chart shows the survey ratings received by Judge Dickson.
- Ratings by jurors: Jurors who served in trials before Judge Dickson during 2018 and 2019 rated her 4.8 overall on a five-point scale. One juror commented, “The courts need more judges like her. I am so impressed and proud to have seen her at work. Our people have a fair chance with her presiding as a judge. Thank you for her service.”
- Professional activities: The Council’s review of Judge Dickson’s professional activities showed significant contributions to her community and to the administration of justice. Judge Dickson was a Training Judge for magistrate judges, and she served as a mentor to a newer judge. Judge Dickson participated in the “Success Inside and Out” conference for inmates at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center, served as a Youth Court judge, and conducted tours of the courthouse for school children.
- Other performance indicators: The Council’s review of other performance indicators, including Judge Dickson’s financial and conflict of interest statements, disqualifications from cases, and appellate reversal rates, raised no performance concerns.
- Timeliness: Alaska law requires judges’ pay be withheld if a decision is pending longer than six months. The Council verified that Judge Dickson was paid on schedule, and she certified that she had no untimely decisions.
- Ethics: There were no public disciplinary proceedings against Judge Dickson, and the Council’s review found no ethical concerns.
Judge Dickson’s Statements to the Public