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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24, Apr 2014 - Houston, AL Ala. man sentenced to life in assault, robbery
A south Alabama man has been sentenced to life in prison for attacking a man with a baseball bat during a robbery.   
24, Apr 2014 - Cullman, AL Corrections officer, 5 others arrested for operating for Alabama prison drug ring
The six have been indicted by federal grand juries in both Montgomery and Birmingham.
23, Apr 2014 - Jackson, AL Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. transferred to Alabama prison
Former Chicago Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has been transferred to minimum-security prison camp in Alabama. Jackson had been serving time at the federal prison in Butner, North Carolina but he was recently moved to the prison camp at the Maxwell …
23, Apr 2014 - Elmore, AL Alabama Prisoners Plan Work Strike, Accuse State of Running ‘Slave Empire' (Video)
Alabama Prisoners Plan Work Strike, Accuse State of Running ‘Slave Empire' (Video) Alabama Prisoners Plan Work Strike, Accuse State of Running ‘Slave Empire' (Video) Legal Local Has Been Optimized Prisoners at the St. Clair correctional facility in Alabama are planning to stop their work at the jail this weekend because of alleged slavery. “We decided that the only weapon or strategy… that we ...
23, Apr 2014 - Jackson, AL Jesse Jackson Sr. visits son in Alabama prison, says he's getting 'stronger and better'
Jesse Jackson Jr. is getting "stronger and better," in prison, Jesse Jackson Sr. told Tom Joyner during a radio show appearance. Jackson Sr. said he visited his son on Easter at Maxwell Air Force Base's minimum security federal prison in Montgomery.
23, Apr 2014 - Alabama Tax Program Grows Out Of A Grandfather's Lasting Legacy
In Alabama, Stephen Black is trying to get college graduates to stay in the state and make life better for Alabamans. His inspiration is his grandfather, the late Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black.
23, Apr 2014 - Jones, AL AL man sentenced to life in prison in sex abuse case
ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — A northeast Alabama man has been sentenced to three life prison terms without the possibility of parole in the rape, kidnapping and sexual abuse of a 4-year-old girl in 2013.
23, Apr 2014 - Jackson, AL Jesse Jackson Jr. Is Now Serving His Time at an Alabama Prison Facility
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23, Apr 2014 - Lawrence, AL Man who says he killed 40 won't divulge associates - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri N
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A man in an Alabama jail who has confessed to killing dozens across the country did not name the drug cartels he said employed him, a detective said.
23, Apr 2014 - Man gets 20 years for robberies
Mississippi officials said an Alabama man will spend 20 years in prison for the December 2011 armed robberies of two check cashing businesses, one in Moss Point and the other in Pascagoula. Jackson County Assistant District Attorney Cherie Wade told The Sun Herald that 31-year-old Robert Lee Stone, of Mobile, Ala., pleaded guilty to two charges of armed robbery Wednesday. Senior Circuit Judge ...
23, Apr 2014 - Alabama Supreme Court Rules Child Protection Laws Include the Unborn
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that state child protection laws include the unborn, reinforcing the court’s declaration that children in the womb are entitled to the right to life. The 8-1 decision centered on a case involving Sarah Jane Hicks, who ingested cocaine while pregnant. After the child was born and […]
23, Apr 2014 - Appeals court grants former Alabama Governor hearing
The 11 th  Circuit Court of Appeals will hear an appeal filed by former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. 
23, Apr 2014 - Sylvester sentence hearing reset to May
A St. Landry Parish man convicted of murder in 1973 when he was 15 years old will have to wait another month before his sentence is reconsidered. A district judge reset the hearing for Larry Sylvester until May 28. Sylvester was sentenced to life in prison for shooting and killing another person. Last year, the Supreme Court ruled in MILLER V. ALABAMA that life sentences for juveniles violated ...
23, Apr 2014 - David Nash resentenced in "Critterman" murder case
The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals ordered Judge Charles Price to reinstate a murder conviction and set a sentencing date for David Nash in the murder-for-hire of popular River Region pest control man Ralph "Critterman" McNeil and on Friday, April 18, he complied with the order.
23, Apr 2014 - Judge won't let paper see Byrd letters
An Alabama federal judge has denied a Mississippi newspaper's request to see letters written on behalf of former Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd before his sentencing witness tampering in March. The Sun Herald reported that the order was issued Monday by U.S. District Judge William Steele in Mobile, Ala. In sentencing Byrd, Steele said he had received up to 50 letters on the former sheriff's ...
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