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 (https://pa.alacourt.com/,) 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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26, Nov 2014 - Madison, AL Decatur attorney compares NYC, Alabama pot policies
Under a new policy in New York City, anyone caught with 25 grams or less of marijuana will not be arrested. A Decatur attorney said a similar policy in Alabama would ease prison overcrowding.
26, Nov 2014 - Texas man gets maximum 5-year sentence for high-stakes dog fighting in Alabama, Mississippi
A Texas man has received a maximum sentence of five years in prison after admitting he participated in high-stakes dog fights in Alabama and Mississippi.
26, Nov 2014 - Colbert, AL Canadian businessman pays $22 million to settle Alabama securities case, state drops charges
Alabama officials dropped securities fraud charges against the chief executive of National Steel Car on Friday in return for the Canadian businessman paying a $22 million settlement.
26, Nov 2014 - Mobile, AL Analyst: Voting district critics have work cut out in proving discrimination
Alabama's new voting districts are headed to the U.S. Supreme Court over claims that they're discriminatory.On Wednesday, the court is scheduled to hear arguments in a lawsuit by the State's Black Legislative Caucus.
26, Nov 2014 - Baldwin, AL Alabama Teen's 2012 Disappearance Uncovers 3-Generation Sex Ring
By most accounts, 19-year-old Brittney Wood was with uncle Donnie Holland the night of May 30, 2012, the last time anyone saw her. Holland - who was under investigation for horrific sex crimes at the time - died from a bullet within days in what was ruled a suicide. ...
26, Nov 2014 - Jury begins deliberations in Rep. Barry Moore's perjury trial
The jury have begun their deliberations in Alabama Representative Barry Moore's perjury case Wednesday afternoon.
26, Nov 2014 - Alabama man accused of threating Obama deemed 'incompetent'
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — An Alabama man is mentally incompetent to stand trial on charges of threatening President Barack Obama’s life, and prison officials should determine whether he was also incapacitated at the time of the alleged offense, a federal judge ruled.
26, Nov 2014 - Colbert, AL Canadian CEO pays $22 million in Alabama case
Alabama officials dropped securities fraud charges against the chief executive of National Steel Car on Friday in return for the Canadian businessman paying a $22 million settlement. State officials and ...
26, Nov 2014 - AL appeals court reverses 2012 murder conviction
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has reversed a 2012 murder conviction because the judge did not instruct jurors on possible self-defense claims.
26, Nov 2014 - Alabama Supreme Court says no electronic bingo
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's highest court on Friday upheld the attorney general's raid on Center Stage gambling hall and made it clear that bingo can't legally be played on electronic machines.
25, Nov 2014 - Florence, AL Prisoners died of gangrene, constipation
The deaths sound like they come from the logs of a Civil War POW encampment, but all three are alleged to have befallen detainees at the Madison County Jail in Huntsville, Alabama, while they were awaiting trial.
25, Nov 2014 - Montgomery, AL Alabama legislator goes on trial Monday in Opelika
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama legislator goes on trial Monday in a perjury case that will focus attention on the House Republican leadership one week before the general election. Jury selection begins Monday morning in Opelika in the trial of Republican Rep. Barry Moore of Enterprise. He ...
25, Nov 2014 - Judge Finds Alabama Man Incompetent to Stand Trial
A federal judge says Deryke Matthew Pfeifer is mentally incompetent to stand trial on charges of threatening President Barack Obama's life.
25, Nov 2014 - Florence, AL Ala. inmates died of gangrene, constipation?
One prisoner died of alcohol withdrawal. Constipation killed another. A third succumbed to gangrene. The deaths sound like they come from the logs of a Civil War POW encampment, but all three are alleged to have befallen detainees at the Madison County Jail in Huntsville, Alabama, while they were awaiting trial.
25, Nov 2014 - Autauga, AL 4 prisoners fail in escape attempt from Holman Prison
Four inmates remain in custody after officials with the Alabama Department of Corrections say their attempt to escape from Holman Prison failed.
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