Governor Sean Parnell today appointed Nathaniel Peters to the Bethel District Court. Peters served in Bethel with the Alaska Public Defender Agency from 2003 -- 2006, and has served in Palmer since 2008.
Peters clerked in the Palmer Superior Court as well as serving as deputy magistrate. He later worked for the Alaska Public Defender Agency in Bethel and then moved to Ireland, where he worked in a civil law practice before returning as an assistant public defender in Palmer. Peters is a member of the Alaska Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and volunteers with Mat-Su Youth Court, Fronteras Spanish Immersion School, and Mat-Su Project Homeless Connect. He earned a bachelor's degree from Truman State University and a juris doctorate with honors from Ohio Northern University.
Alaska's District Courts have jurisdiction over state misdemeanors and violations of city and borough ordinances. They may also hold preliminary hearings in felony cases; try civil cases valued at less than $100,000 and small claims cases valued at less than $10,000; hear domestic violence cases; and issue summonses, arrest warrants, and search warrants.