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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13, Mar 2015 - Firm Told Poor Pay Up or Go to Jail, Suit Claims
A suit says the largest private probation firm in Alabama threatened poor residents with jail unless they paid court fines.
08, Feb 2015 - Alabama Judge's Gay Marriage Letter Draws Ethics Complaint
A civil rights group has filed a complaint against Alabama's Supreme Court Chief Justice for his comments urging judges not to perform gay marriages.
08, Feb 2015 - Tuscaloosa, AL Bentley: Leaders face tough decisions on prisons, budgets
MONTGOMERY — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley began his second term Monday by promising to address difficult budget, prison and health care issues facing the state and vowing he will leave of legacy of change.
12, Oct 2014 - Covington, AL More than half of AL inmates remain behind bars after parole date
As the state's prisons sit at 200% capacity, the Alabama Prison Reform Task Force may have found, in part, a solution for the woefully under funded system, in a place the committee likely expected: The Department of Pardons and Paroles.
12, Oct 2014 - Nearly 4K May Get Damages In Drywall Suit
A federal judge has ruled that nearly 4,000 homeowners who say Chinese drywall ruined their homes are eligible to share any further damages he may award in lawsuits against Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd., a government-owned manufacturer that failed to show up in court. Notices were sent Friday to the homeowners in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Virginia, Texas, and Alabama, attorney Leonard Davis of ...
12, Oct 2014 - Sumter, AL Convicted church arsonists in Alabama may get out of prison early
A Bibb County judge has decided that two men convicted of burning several rural Alabama churches in 2006 can be released from state prison early. But that doesn't mean they will be getting out immediately. Bibb County Judge Marvin Wiggins reduced the sentences to time already served for 29-year-old Matthew Cloyd and 28-year-old Benjamin Moseley. Moseley's attorney, Bill Clark, says judges in ...
12, Oct 2014 - No trial for man accused of threatening president
A judge has ruled that an Alabama man charged with threatening the president is not mentally competent to stand trial.
12, Oct 2014 - Montgomery, AL Alabama arrests down but prison crowding remains
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A group studying overcrowding in Alabama's prisons has found that arrests are declining and sentences are getting shorter. But Alabama's prisons remain at nearly double their designed capacity. The Council of State Governments Justice Center presented the statistics to the Alabama Prison Reform Task Force. Research manager Andrew Barbee says felony arrests declined about ...
12, Oct 2014 - Etowah, AL Man convicted of killing Geontae Glass, 5, is getting new trial
ETOWAH CO., Ala. (WHNT) – A man convicted of killing his girlfriend’s young son in Etowah County is getting a new trial. Kevin Towles has been on death row since 2009, but a ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court is giving him another chance. The Court said on Friday Towles’ capital murder conviction and death […]
12, Oct 2014 - Judge's Credibility In Question After Domestic Abuse Arrest
A federal judge in Alabama is facing mounting calls for his resignation. U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller was arrested in August for allegedly beating his wife.
12, Oct 2014 - Shelby, AL Fuller won't say if he'll resign over assault case
BIRMINGHAM — A lawyer for an Alabama federal judge isn't saying whether the judge will step down over his arrest in a domestic violence case.
12, Oct 2014 - Montgomery, AL Jury to decide fate of former Alabama official
A jury will begin deliberations Friday in the trial of a former Alabama Department of Education official accused of using her position to provide millions to the company that employed her husband.
12, Oct 2014 - Jefferson, AL Settlement reached in Jefferson County water pollution case
A settlement has been reached in an Alabama water pollution case.According to a news release, Black Warrior Riverkeeper reached a successful settlement in their case against Alabama Utility Services (AUS), the operator of Donaldson Correctional Facility's sewage treatment plant.The settlement includes injunctive relief (a court order requiring steps to curtail pollution) and a $100,000 ...
12, Oct 2014 - Judge weighs ending ban on newspaper publication
BIRMINGHAM (AP) — An Alabama judge is considering whether to lift his order blocking the Montgomery Advertiser from publishing material from a utility company document. During a hearing Monday, attorneys for the paper asked Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert S. Vance to end the ban. They say it's unconstitutional prior restraint. Lawyers for Alabama Gas Corp. argue the paper received a gas ...
12, Oct 2014 - Trial in massive ID theft case postponed
A federal judge has delayed the trial for nine people from east Alabama and west Georgia accused in a massive identity theft case.
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