Courts in Alabama
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Alabama's circuit courts hear a variety of civil and criminal matters, while Alabama's district courts handle cases related to real property, torts, contracts, small claims, and civil cases where the amount in controversy exceeds $3,000 but is less than $10,000. Both circuit and district courts can hear adoption, child support and child custody cases, and other juvenile matters. Several cities have established Alabama municipal courts that handle violation of city ordinance and criminal cases. Alabama's probate courts have jurisdiction over estates, wills, name changes, and guardianship issues. Alabama's appeals court doesn't hear cases and only reviews decisions made by lower courts for legal or procedural errors. The Supreme Court of Alabama is the state's highest court and has the authority to review all decisions made by lower courts.
Other than juvenile court records, Alabama's court records are available to the public. Some Alabama court documents can be obtained via the state's Just One Look database (,) including those in criminal, civil, small claims, traffic, domestic relations, and child support cases. However, there is a charge for this service. To obtain copies of Alabama's public court records, contact the clerk of courts for the county you are seeking records from.
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19, Apr 2014 - Federal appeals court to hear arguments in Don Siegelman appeal in July
Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman at the federal courthouse in Montgomery, Ala., in 2012. (The Birmingham News file/Joe Songer) MONTGOMERY, Alabama — The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has tentatively scheduled oral arguments this summer in former Gov. Don...
19, Apr 2014 - Tuscaloosa, AL East Ala. man sentenced in murder-for-hire plot
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19, Apr 2014 - Lawrence, AL California man confesses to 40 killings
FRESNO, California — A suspected contract killer charged in California with killing nine people confessed to investigators that he carried out up to 40 slayings in a career spanning decades, a prosecutor said. Errek Jett, the district attorney in Lawrence County, Alabama, said Wednesday that Jose Manuel Martinez, 51, told investigators he carried out the crimes working as an enforcer for a drug ...
19, Apr 2014 - Covington, AL Big changes expected to come to Alabama's prison system
Get ready to hear a lot more about big changes, specifically sentencing reform, in relation Alabama's prison crisis.
19, Apr 2014 - Montgomery, AL Man sought in marijuana case arrested in Ala
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A man wanted in a federal marijuana case is being sent to Texas following his arrest in Alabama. Authorities say 61-year-old Bobby Duane Bates will be extradited to southern Texas following a court appearance in Montgomery on Monday.
18, Apr 2014 - Alabama Supreme Court Ruling Seeks to Protect the Public from Meth Labs
A recent ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court seeks to protect the public from methamphetamine labs.
18, Apr 2014 - Childersburg, AL Without funds to pay fines, minor incidents can mean jail time
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18, Apr 2014 - Judge won't let paper see Byrd letters
An Alabama federal judge has denied a Mississippi newspaper's request to see letters written on behalf of former Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd before his sentencing witness tampering in March. The Sun Herald reported that the order was issued Monday by U.S. District Judge William Steele in Mobile, Ala. In sentencing Byrd, Steele said he had received up to 50 letters on the former sheriff's ...
18, Apr 2014 - Court orders new trial in 1997 double murder
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court says a man convicted of the 1997 murders of his girlfriend and her toddler son is entitled to a new trial because of jury misconduct. In an opinion Friday, the justices wrote that two jurors did not disclose pertinent information during jury's selection at Larry Dunaway's trial in Barbour County. Justices said one juror did not disclose that a ...
18, Apr 2014 - Appeals court grants former Alabama hearing
The 11 th  Circuit Court of Appeals will hear an appeal filed by former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. 
18, Apr 2014 - Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. transferred to Alabama prison
Former Chicago Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has been transferred to minimum-security prison camp in Alabama. Jackson had been serving time at the federal prison in Butner, North Carolina but he was recently moved to the prison camp at the Maxwell …
18, Apr 2014 - Cullman, AL Corrections officer, 5 others arrested for operating for Alabama prison drug ring
The six have been indicted by federal grand juries in both Montgomery and Birmingham.
18, Apr 2014 - Montgomery, AL Judge dismisses suit over AL Accountability Act
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Alabama Accountability Act.
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