Hon. Eric A. Aarseth See Rating Details
Anchorage County
Third Judicial District
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.4 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 3 rating(s)
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General Rating Criteria

* Temperament (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Scholarship (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Industriousness (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
* Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Punctuality (1=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)

Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)

Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)

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What others have said about Hon. Eric A. Aarseth



Comment #: AK51
He writes inconsistent orders that are difficult for the parties to follow. He makes inappropriate jokes about situations in the case that seriously affect the parties lives. He seems disconnected with the realities of what he orders. He holds himself above the law and abuses his discretion and refuses to protect women from DV unless they are hospitalized and affluent enough to have expert representation. He is not trauma informed and often makes rulings based on his ease not on the law. He was called a misogynist, due to his reckless disregard and humor in verbally bashing a party to litigation by a third party observer in cases observed. He does not follow guidelines for pro se litigants and has major issues with temperament.


Comment #: AK40
Rating:Not Rated
The first time I appeared in front of Aarseth was in settlement because I had no money to litigate. The second time was for a motion about my ex indirectly directly threatening to kill me. He ordered me in the most dangerous situation and I thought he's going to get some woman killed some day. The third time time I challenged my ex quitting a high paying job for one that makes less than half. Not only did judge Aarseth rule against the underemployed child support laws, but he set me up and acted as though I was the aggressor who should be punished. He's biased and every victimized woman's enemy. I'd like to see him charged with treason. He deserves punishment for his crimes; he does not enforce the laws.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AK27
Hattes women and judges very unfairly in child custody cases. He is a absolute nightmare to deal with. To anyone who gets this judge as a women you are screwed.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AK26
extremely bias and prejudice towards my divorce and dealing with a fair child custody.


Comment #: AK9
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Aarseth has no ability whatsoever as a trial judge. He has no idea what is going on in his courtroom. He is rude, and he does not like women.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AK8
Judge Aarseth is the worst judge ever. He treats women with no respect. My case started in 2005, and finally ended in 2009. During my first trial, I was allowed to submit all of my evidence and was found "not guilty." The State of Alaska took me to trial a second time. Judge Aarseth would not allow any of my evidence, or allow me to speak. He acted like he was the Great and Powerful Oz, behind the curtain! There is no justice in his courtroom!


Comment #: AK7
Judge Aarseth is not a good judge. He dislikes women. He has no respect for women. He always rules for the big guy. He ignores evidence. He cannot add. He should be removed from civil cases.


Comment #: AK2
Judge Aarseth was in charge of my modification of custody case. This case was strung out from Oct. '09 til Feb '12. In this time frame my ex-husband had left our two children in the car while him and his girlfriend went into a bar and drank from 11pm til 2am, them proceeded to drive them from Anchorage to Pitman Rd. in Wasilla completely inebriated. He also was over $6,000 behind in child support, and with a long history of domestic violence, he physically assaulted our daughter. With testimony, police reports, and evidence, Judge Aarseth denied me a hearing and closed the case. Where is the justice? I thought that was why we went to court. If we can't rely on our judicial system, then who are we supposed to rely on?