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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29, Jul 2014 - Alabama whistleblower wins at Supreme Court, but loses pay
Edward Lane's Supreme Court victory in a landmark whistleblower case doesn't change the fact he lost his state job and more than half his income while helping convict a state legislator of getting paid for not working.
29, Jul 2014 - Ken Hare In Depth: Not first time Wiggins faces conflict of interest allegations
When Gov. Robert Bentley last week cited allegations of a conflict of interest to remove Hale County Circuit Judge Marvin Wiggins from the Alabama State University board of trustees, it was not the first time the judge faced conflict of interests issues.
29, Jul 2014 - Keith George 2012 Murder Conviction Overturned, DA Will Order New Trial
ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – A Limestone County murder case will soon be headed back to court. The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has overturned the 2012 conviction of Keith George. George was sentenced to 50 years in prison after being convicted of shooting his nephew to death in 2009. But the appellate court says there […]
29, Jul 2014 - Alabama man claims penis was amputated by mistake
An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday. Johnny Lee Banks Jr., 56, said in a lawsuit filed in state court earlier this week that no one at the Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, had told him why it had been necessary to remove his penis. "My client is ...
29, Jul 2014 - Alabama man pleads not guilty in kitten killings
ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man accused of killing kittens he found on a website pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty Tuesday and received a court-appointed lawyer to defend him during a trial set for later this year.
29, Jul 2014 - Detroit, AL Bills DT Dareus enters pre-trial drug program
Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, granted a leave from the team after failing a conditioning test, entered a pre-trial drug program in an effort to have felony drug charges dismissed. According to Buffalo's, Dareus was in court Monday in Alabama over charges filed following a May 5 arrest in Cleburne County, Ala. The website reported that Dareus was accepted into a pre ...
29, Jul 2014 - Etowah, AL Emergency Transfer Request Denied in Kosher Prison Food Case
A federal judge rejected a request by a Venezuelan Jewish detainee for an emergency transfer from an Alabama prison over complaints that it was not providing kosher meals. Click here for the rest of the article...
29, Jul 2014 - York, AL Bills' Dareus accepted into pre-trial program
Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was accepted Monday into a pre-trial intervention program in Alabama for two felony drug charges stemming from a May 5 arrest.
29, Jul 2014 - AL governor, attorney general react to ruling against health care law
Alabama's governor and attorney general are reacting to news that a federal appeals court ruled against a portion of President Barack Obama's health care law, commonly referred to as 'Obamacare'.
29, Jul 2014 - Montgomery, AL Alabama man sentenced to life in child sex abuse
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's attorney general says a northern Alabama man convicted of sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Attorney General Luther Strange announced the conviction for Roland Gilbert Campos III on Tuesday. Campos, of New Market, was convicted in mid-June of sexual abuse of a child and sodomy in Madison County Circuit Court ...
29, Jul 2014 - 72 new ADOC officers deployed to understaffed Alabama prisons
Seventy-two new corrections officers will be deployed into the state's prisons and correctional facilities next week.
29, Jul 2014 - Ga. man 11th to plead guilty in dog fighting case
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Georgia man pleaded guilty Wednesday to his role in a massive dog fighting operation and his mother pleaded not guilty to threatening a co-defendant who provided information in the case. Edward Duckworth, 39, of Decatur, Georgia, appeared in federal court in Montgomery, Alabama, and pleaded guilty to conspiracy. He admitted helping transport a dog from Georgia to Lee ...
29, Jul 2014 - Wetumpka, AL Gov. Robert Bentley kicks off Alabama Workforce Council
The first meeting of the Alabama Workforce Council Monday saw executives from some of Alabama's biggest and most valuable companies meet with education leaders to start the process of integrating some of
29, Jul 2014 - Bengals place AJ McCarron on non-football injury list
An Alabama judge has denied a motion from Dallas linebacker Rolando McClain to delay his trial because of training camp. An Alabama judge has denied a motion from Dallas linebacker Rolando McClain to delay his trial because of training camp.
29, Jul 2014 - Son of Alabama judge charged with killing girlfriend
MOBILE, Ala. — The son of a prominent Alabama judge is being held in jail on charges that he killed his girlfriend at their home in Prichard.
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