JUNEAU, Alaska -

The chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court has told state lawmakers that state agencies that handle appeals are becoming overwhelmed, with attorneys taking up to two years to file briefs in criminal appeals.

Dana Fabe delivered her State of the Judiciary address to a joint session of the Legislature Wednesday.

She said during the first half of this fiscal year, criminal appeals were up 33 percent compared to last year.

She said the court is responsible for enforcing rules that protect the rights of those involved to see a timely resolution.

She said state agencies that handle many of the appeals don't appear to have the capacity to keep up. She said at a minimum, some form of relief will be necessary to break the log jam.