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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06, Mar 2015 - Judge limits medical testimony about girl's running death
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama judge agreed with prosecutors Tuesday and limited medical testimony about a 9-year-old girl who was allegedly run to death by her grandmother.
06, Mar 2015 - Jefferson, AL Elmore County jail inmate fatally stabbed
ELMORE, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Corrections is probing the death of an inmate at the Elmore Correctional Facility. Authorities say 33-year-old William Shepherd was stabbed by another inmate Sunday afternoon and was later pronounced dead. Corrections officials say Shepherd was sentenced to prison on drug trafficking charges in Jefferson County in April 2010. Department of ...
06, Mar 2015 - Etowah, AL State wants no questions on autopsy doctor in running death
Lawyers for an Alabama woman charged in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter shouldn't get to raise questions about the past of the doctor who performed the girl's autopsy, prosecutors told a judge.
06, Mar 2015 - Gay Marriage Cleared by U.S. High Court to Start in Alabama
In a 7-2 order, the justices rejected Alabama’s bid to stop a federal trial judge’s legalization order from taking effect Monday. Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented. The rebuff brings gay marriage to a state whose chief justice, Roy Moore, has told officials not to comply. The Alabama request was the first to reach the high court since its Jan. 16 decision to take up the issue.
05, Mar 2015 - Clayton, AL Elmore Co. car dealership faces multi-count lawsuit by AG's office
An Elmore County used car dealer's property has been seized after Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange obtained a temporary restraining order on grounds that the company has defrauded consumers and businesses. 
05, Mar 2015 - Pelham, AL Court Upholds Three Alabama Death Penalty Cases
A state appeals court is upholding the convictions and death sentences of two men convicted of killing police officers in Alabama, and a third case involving the death of an 87-year-old victim.
05, Mar 2015 - Alabama set to become 37th state to allow gay marriage
MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AP) " Alabama on Monday will become the 37th U.S. state where gays can legally wed unless the U.S. Supreme Court orders a last-minute stay of a federal judge's decision overturning the state's ban on gay marriage.The...
05, Mar 2015 - Alabama Justices: Until High Court Rules, We're in Charge
Alabama state justices: Until US Supreme Court rules on gay marriage, we're still in charge
05, Mar 2015 - Huntsville, AL Alabama Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling breaks legal conventions
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The legacy of Wedding Week in Alabama begins to fade after an extraordinary intervention from the state’s high court. Attorney Shelley Bilbrey says, “Basically, the Alabama Supreme Court did something highly irregular.” Their 148-page ruling breaks all kinds of legal conventions. For starters, Bilbrey points out it’s unusual for the court […]
05, Mar 2015 - Alabama Supreme Court halts gay marriage licenses
The Alabama Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the state's probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, saying a previous federal ruling that gay-marriage bans violate the U.S. Constitution does not preclude them from following state law, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The all-Republican court sided with the argument offered by a pair of conservative ...
05, Mar 2015 - Federal judge in Alabama orders county to wed gay couples
The federal judge who overturned Alabama's gay marriage ban ordered a defiant county to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, signaling to probate judges across the state that they should do the same.
05, Mar 2015 - Alabama justices: Until high court rules, we're in charge - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Mis
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court has made itself an outlier in the judicial march legalizing same-sex marriages in the United States, drawing rebukes from gay rights advocates and evoking comparisons to Alabama's defiance of federal authorities during the civil rights movement.
05, Mar 2015 - Alabama Supreme Court: No same-sex marriage licenses
The Alabama Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered probate judges in the state to stop issuing licenses for same-sex marriages.
05, Mar 2015 - "Deja vu from the 1960s": Alabama not budging on same-sex marriage
Alabama Supreme Court's stance on issue evoking comparisons to state's defiance of federal authorities during civil rights movement
05, Mar 2015 - Supreme Court sets marriage arguments April 28; big business weighs in for equality
The U.S. Supreme Court has set oral arguments for April 28 on the momentous case to decide whether marriage equality will come to the 12 states, including Arkansas, not yet covered by equality laws or court rulings. (Make it 13, since Alabama courts have declared themselves supreme to federal courts.) Reuters notes that 379 business and groups — including many of the country's biggest and most ...
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