Governor Sean Parnell today appointed Matthew Christian to the Fairbanks District Court. Christian has served as magistrate and master in Kenai since 2007.
Christian previously worked in Fairbanks as an assistant district attorney, and as a private practitioner at Borgeson and Burns, PC. He is a member of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Alumni Association and former member of the International Right of Way Society. Christian is actively involved with his church, and volunteers with his daughter's 4H and little league activities. He earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from UAF and a juris doctorate with honors from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
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.