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, Sep 2014 - Arrested US judge embarrassed, entering treatment - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News,
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama federal judge charged with domestic violence following his arrest in Atlanta is embarrassed and entering a treatment program, one of his attorneys said Wednesday.
01, Sep 2014 - Mobile, AL Alabama Media Group Partners with the David Mathews Center for Civic Life to Study Alabama’s pris
Alabama Media Group is teaming with one of the country's leading organizations promoting civic engagement to involve more Alabamians in conversations about solutions for prison overcrowding. (PRWeb August 07, 2014) Read the full story at
01, Sep 2014 - Wonkblog: Wonkbook: The latest legal battles over health care and abortion rights
A judge strikes down a measure that would have forced Alabama abortion clinics to close, adding to contradictory court decisions on 'admitting privileges.'
01, Sep 2014 - Former Ala. band director arrested on sex charges
BREWTON, Ala. (AP) — A band director who just started a new job in Georgia appeared before a judge Friday on charges he had sex with several students at his former high school in Alabama.
01, Sep 2014 - Mobile, AL Federal judge rules Alabama abortion law is unconstitutional
A law that would have closed three of five abortion clinics in Alabama is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Monday, concluding in an extensive 172-page opinion that a “climate of extreme hostility” toward abortion already makes it difficult for doctors to perform and for women to access...
31, Aug 2014 - Bank robbery suspect has long, multi-state rap sheet
SEATTLE — A 40-year-old man dubbed the Alabama Band Bandit — an alleged serial bank robber who threatened to shoot tellers in Bellingham, Shoreline and Lynnwood — has a criminal record dating back to 1993, court records show.
31, Aug 2014 - Lee, AL Alabama facing Tuberculosis outbreak in prisons
Tuberculosis, a bacterium that usually attacks the lungs and easily spreads from one person to another through the air, has infected one student at Auburn University.
31, Aug 2014 - Enterprise, AL Alabama Federal Judge Released from GA Jail on Bond
A federal judge from Alabama has been released from an Atlanta jail after being arrested over the weekend on suspicion of hitting his wife.
31, Aug 2014 - Mobile, AL Former Mobile County commissioner Jockisch joins former Alabama governor Siegelman in Louisiana pri
Two disgraced former public officials are now serving their federal prison sentences in the same Louisiana facility.
31, Aug 2014 - Alabama man charged in killing over DVDs cites 'stand your ground' law
Kenny Dewayne Adams, 36, is charged with one count of murder in the Dec. 31, 2012, death of Yancy Metz Foster, 34, his cousin and neighbor, and is due to stand trial in state court on Monday in Athens, 20 miles west of Huntsville. The incident stemmed from Adams loaning Foster the DVD box set, which consisted of the first two installments in the movie franchise, said Limestone County District ...
31, Aug 2014 - Chambers, AL Federal judge accused of hitting wife in argument
ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge known for sentencing a former Alabama governor to prison in a corruption case was released from an Atlanta jail Monday after he was accused of hitting his wife when she accused him of infidelity.
31, Aug 2014 - Attorney General Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Three Montgomery County Murder Convict
(MONTGOMERY) –Attorney General Luther Strange announced that the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday upheld the murder convictions of Karvis Lamar Dennis, Angelo Jermon Frazier and Milas Jason Smith.
31, Aug 2014 - Alabama Judge Raises Bond for Band Director
A south Alabama judge has raised the bond for a high school band director charged with having sex with students.
31, Aug 2014 - Alabama federal judge arrested in Atlanta
Police say an Alabama federal judge accused of assaulting his wife at an Atlanta hotel has been charged with battery.
31, Aug 2014 - Alabama Facing 'Serious' Tuberculosis Outbreak In Prisons
Alabama prisons are facing their worst outbreak of tuberculosis in five years, a state health official told the Associated Press on Thursday. The state is facing a lawsuit over its medical treatment of inmates in a crowded system. Officials have diagnosed nine cases of tuberculosis, the state’s largest outbreak in five years, the report said. Since 2009, Alabama has averaged fewer than five ...
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