JUNEAU - An Alaska Court System representative says Anchorage needs an additional superior court judge.
State court system administrative attorney Doug Wooliver said the judge is needed because procedural changes in child welfare cases and a growing number of litigants without lawyers are making caseloads unsustainable.
Wooliver told the House Judiciary Committee on Friday that one more judge for civil cases could relieve caseloads while other solutions are worked out.
The extra judge, three full-time staffers and office set up is expected to cost $499,000 the first year.
The committee passed the bill, which now goes to the House Finance Committee.