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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28, Mar 2015 - Alabama judges' stand against gay marriage crumbles
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's stand against gay marriage crumbled Friday as judges in most counties sided with federal courts rather than their own chief justice, a Republican who once called homosexuality an inherent evil.
28, Mar 2015 - Bessemer, AL Emails: Indicted Alabama House speaker had financial trouble, sought work
MONTGOMERY, Ala. | Indicted House Speaker Mike Hubbard was having deepening financial troubles — to the point that he was considering leaving politics — and sought assistance from powerful friends and lobbyists who at times cautioned him about his requests, according to emails included in a prosecution court filing Friday. The filing in Lee County Circuit Court provided the first glimpse of the ...
28, Mar 2015 - Judge grants divorce for Alabama same-sex couple
How can a judge grant a divorce to a same sex couple if the Alabama Supreme Court is blocking same sex marriages licenses?
28, Mar 2015 - Gadsden, AL Jury to make life-or-death decision
GADSDEN — Jurors who convicted an Alabama woman in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter soon must decide whether to recommend she should die for the crime or spend the rest of her life in prison.
28, Mar 2015 - Supreme Court Rejects Alabama's Race-Based Gerrymandering Plan
Supreme Court Rejects Alabama's Race-Based Gerrymandering Plan Supreme Court Casts Doubt On Alabama's Race-Based Voter-Redistricting Plan Alabama's Race-Based Gerrymandering Plan Called Into Question By Supreme Court Supreme Court Rejects Alabama's Race-Based Gerrymandering Plan Headlines Politics Not Optimized Alabama’s redistricting plan to place an abundant amount of black Democrats in some ...
28, Mar 2015 - Limestone, AL US: Alabama police officer charged under civil rights violation after assaulting Indian
Eric Parker, the Madison police officer who slammed Sureshbhai Patel, 57, to the ground in the February 6 incident leaving him partially paralysed, was on Friday charged with a civil rights violation that carries up to 10 years in prison.
28, Mar 2015 - Gadsden, AL Public barred from jury selection in girl's running death
GADSDEN| Potential jurors reported amid secrecy Monday for the capital murder trial of an Alabama woman charged in her granddaughter's running death, with the judge refusing public access to process that typically is open. Dozens of prospective jurors assembled at the Etowah County Courthouse for questioning by attorneys in the trial of Joyce Hardin Garrard, 59, of Boaz. Jury selection will take ...
27, Mar 2015 - Lee, AL Jesse Jackson Jr. arrives at Md. halfway house
Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. arrives at a Baltimore halfway house, hours after leaving an Alabama federal prison.
27, Mar 2015 - Alabama Governor at Odds with Own Pastor’s Sermon Opposing ‘Gay Marriage’ Ruling
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A recent sermon delivered by the pastor of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley reveals that Bentley’s recent decision to follow a federal court ruling striking down the state’s Sanctity of Marriage Act as being unconstitutional is at odds with his church’s teachings on obeying God rather than men. “Here’s what I said to our governor yesterday,” […]
27, Mar 2015 - Another Day in Court for Black Voters in Alabama
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday said a 2012 Alabama redistricting plan by the state’s legislature minimized black voters’ influence. The New York Times reports that the plan would permit racially polarized districts to exist and, in turn, increase the power of conservative voters in mostly white districts. 
27, Mar 2015 - Lee, AL Man gets life for killing 2 victims near Panhandle trail
An Alabama man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing two people near a scenic Florida Panhandle trail.
27, Mar 2015 - Petitions to watch | Conference of February 27
At its Conference on February 27, 2015, the Court will consider petitions seeking review of issues such as Article III standing in class actions, exemption from California’s campaign finance disclosure requirements, and the retroactive application of Miller v. Alabama. This edition of “Petitions to watch” features petitions raising issues that Tom has determined to have […]
27, Mar 2015 - Lee, AL Jackson Jr. leaves prison for halfway house
CHICAGO — Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. left an Alabama federal prison early Thursday bound for a halfway house, where he will begin his transition ...
27, Mar 2015 - Etowah, AL Life term sought for woman who ran girl to death
An Alabama jury has recommended that a woman convicted of running her nine-year-old granddaughter to death as punishment for lying about having eaten chocolates spend the rest of her life in prison.
27, Mar 2015 - Alabama court upholds mandatory life sentences for young offenders
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama will not revisit mandatory life without parole sentences handed down to juvenile offenders. The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday upheld a life sentence for Jimmy Williams Jr. on a 6-2 decision. Williams was convicted of capital murder for a killing committed when he was 15. A 2012 U.S. Supreme Court […]
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