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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01, Feb 2015 - Huntsville, AL DEVELOPING: Federal judge puts hold on same-sex marriage ruling in Alabama
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – After overturning Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriages, a federal court has granted a temporary hold on implementing the ruling for fourteen days. The court’s ruling states that the Attorney General has not shown enough cause for an indefinite stay. However, the court believes it should hear out the appeal by the […]
01, Feb 2015 - Montgomery, AL Alabama Supreme Court Justice Urges Governor to Defy ‘Tyranny’ of Courts on Same-Sex ‘Marriag
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, also known as the “Ten Commandments judge,” is urging Gov. Robert Bentley to defy the federal courts on the issue of same-sex “marriage” and uphold the state Constitution. Moore sent a letter to Bentley on Tuesday following Friday’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade, which declared […]
01, Feb 2015 - Charles Partin's Amber Alert child sex case sentencing delayed again
Sentencing is being delayed for a second time in the case of an Alabama man found guilty of transporting a minor over state lines in order to have sexual relations with her.
01, Feb 2015 - Huntsville, AL Minister ready to marry same-sex couples amid legal battle
A ruling made by a federal judge Sunday prevents the issuing of marriage licenses to same-sex couples, just days after the same judge ruled Alabama's ban on the practice unconstitutional.
01, Feb 2015 - Alabama Chief Justice: Federal Courts Don't Hold Sway On Marriage
Chief Justice Roy Moore says a ruling by a U.S. district judge "raised serious, legitimate concerns about the propriety of federal court jurisdiction over the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment."
01, Feb 2015 - 'Ten Commandments' Judge to Alabama Governor: Ignore Marriage Equality Ruling
Roy Moore, chief justice of the the Alabama Supreme Court, claims the federal courts have no authority over state marriage laws. read more
01, Feb 2015 - AL Attorney General files appeal in gay marriage case
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange filed an appeal and a motion to stay a federal court order overturning Alabama's definition of marriage as between one man and one woman on Monday.
01, Feb 2015 - Alabama Supreme Court chief justice encourages defiance on gay marriage ruling
In a move viewed skeptically by legal experts, the socially conservative chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court on Tuesday encouraged judges in his state to ignore a federal ruling last week striking down its ban on gay marriage. Justice Roy Moore, in a letter addressed to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, said Friday's federal ruling, which was put on hold for two weeks and could be superseded ...
31, Jan 2015 - Alabama appeals ruling that overturned same-sex marriage ban
Federal judge puts temporary hold on her decision to allow gay marriages in the state, but says she won’t wait for US supreme court to decide Alabama on Monday began the process of appealing a federal judge’s decision that overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage – a decision that was put on hold to allow time for the appeal. At least two same-sex couples sought and were refused marriage ...
31, Jan 2015 - Baldwin, AL Ala. woman sentenced to 219 years in prison for role in incestuous sex ring
An Alabama judge sentenced a woman to 219 years in prison for her involvement in an incestuous sex ring accused of molesting children for years.
31, Jan 2015 - Opelika, AL Alabama House speaker's ethics trial set for October
OPELIKA, Ala. | Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard will go to trial in October on ethics charges. Prosecutors and defense lawyers agreed on an Oct. 19 trial date for the high-profile case during a Friday scheduling conference in Opelika. Deputy Attorney General Matt Hart said the prosecution's case will take approximately two weeks. A grand jury indicted the Auburn Republican in October on 23 ...
31, Jan 2015 - Mobile, AL Major Problems for Mobile Metro Jail
After four years serving as the Alabama Prison Commissioner, Kim Thomas resigns from his post saying he will now focus on retirement. Governor Robert Bentley has chosen Air Force Col. Jefferson Dunn as his replacement. The Alabama Prison System has it share of trouble - lack of funding leads to overcrowding, lack of upgrades and poor pay for workers. So we went to find out the condition our ...
31, Jan 2015 - Alabama's Judge Roy Moore Doubles-Down on Antigay Fulminating
Appearing on a hate group's radio show, the notorious state Supreme Court judge affirmed his opposition to same-sex couples, lamenting that such relationships are no longer considered criminal. read more
31, Jan 2015 - Baldwin, AL Alabama woman sentenced to 219 years in prison in sex ring case
BAY MINETTE | A judge has sentenced an Alabama woman to 219 years in prison for her role in an incestuous sex ring accused of molesting children for years. Wendy Holland showed no emotion as the judge sentenced her to what amounts to a life sentence on Thursday. Jurors convicted the 35-year-old woman of sodomy, sexual abuse and other charges last month. Another defendant, William Brownlee, got a ...
31, Jan 2015 - Montgomery, AL Native American prison inmates in Alabama win a round in legal battle over wearing long hair
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Native American inmates in Alabama prisons have won a round in their legal battle to wear long hair. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated an 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that had upheld the Alabama prison system's policy against long hair.
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