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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25, Oct 2014 - Washington, AL Federal lawsuit alleges Alabama prison is dangerous and out of control
The Equal Justice Initiative, known for advocating for the civil and constitutional rights of prisoners, filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday that makes claims of violence and lack of institutional control inside St. Clair Correctional Facility in Springville.
25, Oct 2014 - Law enforcement officials highlight success of anti-meth initiatives in Alabama
Today law enforcement leaders and Attorney General Luther Strange gathered to discuss the progress that has been made to combat meth use in Alabama.Those in attendance credited state lawmakers for their 2012 anti-meth legislation, believed to be the toughest in the nation.The legislation provided police departments and other law enforcement agencies with new tools to prevent meth use and ...
25, Oct 2014 - Bank robbers sentenced in case of 8 armed heists
Two bank robbers have been sentenced to in prison for using stolen vehicles in armed holdups at eight banks -- six in South Mississippi and one each in south Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.
25, Oct 2014 - Alabama state House speaker indicted on corruption charges
By Sherrel Wheeler Stewart BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - A grand jury has indicted Alabama's powerful Republican state house speaker on 23 criminal counts of corruption, court records released on Monday showed. Mike Hubbard, who helped guide Republicans to majorities in both houses of the Alabama legislature in 2010 for the first time in 136 years, was indicted on Friday on charges that include ...
25, Oct 2014 - Lee, AL Alabama House speaker arrested in ethics case
OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard was arrested Monday on 23 counts accusing him of breaking the state ethics law by using his public offices to reap financial benefits for himself and his companies. Acting Attorney General Van Davis said a special Lee County grand ...
25, Oct 2014 - Alabama State House Speaker Indicted On 23 Counts Of Corruption Charges
(Reuters) - Alabama's powerful Republican state house speaker was indicted on 23 criminal counts of corruption by a grand jury, court records released on Monday show. Mike Hubbard, who helped guide Republicans to majorities in both houses of the Alabama legislature in 2010 for the first time in 136 years, was indicted on Friday on charges that include using his office for personal gain and ...
25, Oct 2014 - Judge Unseals Mark Fuller's Divorce Records
A court has unsealed the divorce record of an Alabama federal judge arrested on a domestic violence charge in Atlanta in August.
25, Oct 2014 - Elmore, AL Group Sues Over Chronic Violence at Alabama Prison
Group sues over chronic violence at St. Clair prison in Alabama; says cell doors don't lock
25, Oct 2014 - Pike, AL Boothe, Williams square off in Dist. 89 race
A Troy attorney challenging the incumbent in the Alabama House District 89 race believes more should be done to improve schools.
25, Oct 2014 - Washington, AL Problems at women’s prison often ignored
BY ERIC TUCKER The Associated Press WASHINGTON When inmates at a notorious Alabama women’s prison came forward to complain of sexual abuse and harassment, state investigators time and again classified the complaints as unfounded or unsubstantiated and often recommended that the matters be closed without further action, according to investigative reports obtained by The Associated Press. read more
25, Oct 2014 - Montgomery, AL Supreme Court declines to review Alabama taxes
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a legal challenge to Alabama's property tax system. The Supreme Court's decision Monday means one of the nation's lowest property tax rates remains intact. Attorneys representing families in Lawrence and Sumter counties had challenged the fairness of Alabama's property taxes, particularly the low rates on timber and farm ...
24, Oct 2014 - Montgomery, AL Alabama Hopes Guidelines Control Inmate Population
Officials studying ways to reduce Alabama prison overcrowding and inmate recidivism say new sentencing guidelines are expected to slow the growth of the state's prison population.
24, Oct 2014 - Perry, AL Payroll clerk at Tutwiler Prison pleads guilty to tax evasion
A former payroll clerk at Tutwiler Prison in Wetumpka has been convicted of tax evasion and a state ethics violation for using her position for personal gain. According to the State of Alabama Department of Revenue,
24, Oct 2014 - Ala court voids same-sex child visitation order
An Alabama appeals court says a judge can't order child visitation following the split-up of a same-sex couple.
24, Oct 2014 - Foley, AL Florida AD to reevaluate after season
Florida Gators coach Will Muschamp, coming off a record-setting loss to No. 3 Alabama, will be judged on the entire body of work this season, athletic director Jeremy Foley said.
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