FAIRBANKS NORTH STAR BOROUGH DEPARTMENT OF LAW

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Can I obtain personal legal advice form the Borough Attorney’s Office?
    • No. The Borough Attorney is legally and ethically prohibited from representing individuals in private legal matters. The Borough Attorney’s Office only represents the Fairbanks North Star Borough as an entity and its officials and employees in the course and scope of their employment or official duties.

  • Can I review or obtain copies of public records maintained by the Fairbanks North Star Borough?
    • To review or obtain copies of public records, please fill out a Public Records Request Form (http://fnsb.us/hr/PoliciesProcedures/75.01.01.pdf) and send to the appropriate Borough department.

  • Can you recommend a lawyer?
    • No, as that could be construed as providing legal advice to someone who is not a client of the Borough Attorney’s Office. If you are in need of a lawyer, these agencies may be able to assist you with an attorney referral:
      ●Lawyer Referral Service: (800) 770-9999
      ●Alaska Legal Services: (907) 452-5181

  • Does your office handle landlord-tenant issues?
  • Does your office prosecute traffic violations?
    • No. Please contact the agency that issued the citation or the court system if you have questions.

  • How do I serve a summons and complaint on the Borough?
    • Pursuant to Alaska Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 4(d)(9), the summons and complaint shall be delivered to the chief executive officer (Borough Mayor) or chief clerk (Borough Clerk).

  • What do I do if I received a citation from the Fairbanks North Star Borough?
    • You may contact:
      Fairbanks Trial Court
      101 Lacey Street
      Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
      (907) 452-9277

      To pay your citation online, go to https://records.courts.alaska.gov search for your case (either by case number, name, or citation number). Select the green Pay icon and follow the instructions to complete the payment.
       https://records.courts.alaska.gov  If a default judgment was entered against you, you can pay the amount due in person at the Fairbanks North Star Borough, Treasury and Budget Division, 907 Terminal Street, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701 or pay the amount due by U.S. Mail (cashier’s checks only) to Fairbanks North Star Borough, Treasury and Budget Division, P.O. Box 71267, Fairbanks, Alaska 99707-1267.

      Frequently Asked Questions regarding citations are available at: http://www.courts.alaska.gov/shc/traffic.htm.

  • What do I do if I received a collection letter for EMS charges from the Borough Attorney’s Office?
    • If you received a collection letter for library books:
      ● Set up a payment plan by calling (907) 459-1000 and asking for the legal department;
      ● Pay the amount due in person at the Fairbanks North Star Borough, Treasury and Budget Division, 907 Terminal Street, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701; or
      ● Pay the amount due by U.S. Mail (cashier’s checks only) to Fairbanks North Star Borough, Treasury and Budget Division, P.O. Box 71267, Fairbanks, Alaska 99707-1267.
      ● If you believe your insurance should have covered all or part of the EMS charges, please contact Systems Design at 1-800-585-5242.

  • What do I do if I received a collection letter for library books from the Borough Attorney’s Office?
    • If you received a collection letter for library books:
      ● Bring the missing items to the Noel Wien Library circulation desk, along with a copy of the collection letter you received;
      ● Set up a payment plan by calling (907) 459-1000 and asking for the legal department;
      ● Pay the amount due in person at the Fairbanks North Star Borough, Treasury and Budget Division, 907 Terminal Street, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701; or
      ● Pay the amount due by U.S. Mail (cashier’s checks only) to Fairbanks North Star Borough, Treasury and Budget Division, P.O. Box 71267, Fairbanks, Alaska 99707-1267.

  • What is the difference between the Borough Attorney and the District Attorney?
    • The Borough Attorney is employed by the Fairbanks North Star Borough, a local government entity. The District Attorney is an appointed official who investigates and prosecutes criminal activities on behalf of the State of Alaska. The District Attorney’s Office can be reached at (907) 451-5970.

  • Where can I find information about child support?
    • You may contact:
      Child Support Services Division
      Anchorage Office
      655 F Street (physical location)
      550 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 310 (mailing)
      Anchorage, Alaska 99501-6699
      Phone: (907) 269-6900
      Fax: (907) 787-3220
      http://childsupport.alaska.gov/

  • Where can I find information regarding small claims court?
    • You may contact:
      Fairbanks Trial Court
      101 Lacey Street
      Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
      (907) 452-9277

      The Alaska Small Claims Handbook is available at https://public.courts.alaska.gov/web/forms/docs/sc-100.pdf

  • Who do I call to report a Fairbanks North Star Borough Code violation?
    • Reports or complaints concerning violations of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Code should be made to the Code Enforcement Division of the Department of Community Planning at (907) 459-1260. A Code Complaint Form can be found at http://fnsb.us/cp/Documents/Form_Complaint.pdf. If it is an Animal Control matter, please contact the Division of Animal Control at (907) 459-1451.

  • Who do I call to report a possible crime?
    • Reports or complaints concerning any violation of State law occurring in the Fairbanks North Star Borough should be made to the Fairbanks Police Department at (907) 450-6500, the North Police Department at (907) 488-6902, or the Alaska State Troopers at (907) 451-5100. If the matter is an emergency, call 911.

  • Who does the Borough Attorney work for?
    • The Borough Attorney works for the Fairbanks North Star Borough, as a government entity. She is appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Assembly. The authority and function of the Borough Attorney is set forth in Chapter 2.12, Fairbanks North Star Borough Code.

  • Why was my PFD garnished?
    • If a judgment is entered against you, the Fairbanks North Star Borough can garnish up to 80% of your PFD each year until the judgment is satisfied. You can review garnishments by going to the myPFD website at https://myinfo.pfd.dor.alaska.gov/, which will provide you with a case number. Your case information is available at https://records.courts.alaska.gov. If you have further questions or dispute the garnishment, you can call (907) 459-1000 and ask for the legal department.