Mannheimer appointed as chief appeals court judge

David Mannheimer has been appointed as chief judge of the Alaska Court of Appeals for the next two years.

Mannheimer has served on the Court of Appeals since November 1990. He replaces Chief Judge Robert G. Coats who is retiring at the end of December.

Before being appointed to the appeals court, Mannheimer served as an assistant district attorney and assistant attorney general in Fairbanks in the 1970′s. He also served as an appellate attorney in the Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals in Anchorage until his appointment to the appeals court in 1990.

The Alaska Court of Appeals is an intermediate appeals court that normally handles criminal appeals, juvenile delinquency, probation and parole cases, and petitions for post-conviction relief.

Governor Sean Parnell last week appointed Marjorie Allard to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Coats. She was previously a staff attorney for the court.

Former Kodiak Superior Court Judge Joel Bolger is the third judge on the Court of Appeals.

Meanwhile, Supreme Court Chief Justice Dana Fabe has named Ketchikan Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens the presiding judge for the First Judicial District in Southeast. The presiding judge supervises the assignment of cases, the administration of judges and court personnel, and reviews and recommends budgets, among other duties. Stephens was initially named to the Superior Court bench in Ketchikan in 2000.