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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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21, Dec 2014 - Sex ring case yields no clues about missing teen - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, S
BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) - The trial of an Alabama woman accused of being part of an incestuous sex ring provided graphic evidence about horrendous child molestation, but it didn't answer a baffling question before testimony ended Wednesday: What happened to a young victim who is missing and presumed dead?
21, Dec 2014 - Chambers, AL Alabama man sentenced in death of girlfriend, unborn baby
DADEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An eastern Alabama man has been sentenced in the death of his girlfriend and her unborn baby. Court records show Keith Lamar Ware pleaded guilty Monday in the death of 31-year-old Cherri Dawson and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
21, Dec 2014 - 8 years for organizer of high-stakes dog fights
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man who organized dog fights where participants often bet $100,000 or more on a single deadly match was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison, four times longer than the penalty for the crime’s most famous defendant, NFL quarterback Michael Vick.
21, Dec 2014 - Montgomery, AL Police report: Alabama senator shoved fiancee down
MONTGOMERY | An Auburn police report says an officer saw state Sen. Thomas Whatley shove down his fiancee and then arrested the Auburn Republican on a domestic violence misdemeanor. The report, filed in Auburn Municipal Court, contradicts statements issued last week by Whatley and his fiancee that no violence occurred. Whatley's attorney, Don Eddins, said Tuesday, "Senator Whatley and Lindsay ...
20, Dec 2014 - Limestone, AL Northwest Ala. man sentenced in grandmother's death
ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — A northwest Alabama man has been sentenced to life in prison in his grandmother's death. Limestone County District Attorney Brian Jones says 36-year-old James Paul Pigg of Athens pleaded guilty Monday in the March 2012 death of his grandmother, Barbara Delaney. Local media outlets reported that Pigg's trial was scheduled to begin Monday. Authorities have said Pigg assaulted ...
20, Dec 2014 - Mobile, AL AL.com forum offers community solutions to Alabama's prison problem
"We know we have a serious a problem and we know we have to do something about it," said Betty Jones, League of Women Voters of Mobile member. "We tried to do that tonight."
20, Dec 2014 - Judge rules Alabama church properly fired minister who admitted adultery, drug abuse
A judge has ruled an Alabama church properly fired its minister after he admitted having sex with married church members and not telling them he had AIDS.
20, Dec 2014 - Limestone, AL Alabama's prison system taking steps to cut down on escapes
Seven Department of Corrections inmates from the Decatur facility have escaped in the last four months alone. We reached out to the state to see what they're doing to try to stop this from happening. 
20, Dec 2014 - Former AL gov. remains in Montgomery awaiting release decision
A Federal judge will decide by the end of the week whether he'll release former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman from behind bars as he appeals his conviction.
20, Dec 2014 - Judge to rule quickly on former Governor Siegelman's release
MONTGOMERY | A federal judge said he will decide by the end of the week if former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman should be released from prison while appealing his 2006 bribery conviction. U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land held a hearing Monday in Montgomery on the incarcerated former governor's request for an appeal bond. Siegelman, who was transferred from a Louisiana prison camp, attended the ...
20, Dec 2014 - Mobile, AL Mobile forum ramps up debate over prison reform: opinion
At least 50 people in south Alabama have demonstrated that they're willing to roll up their sleeves and get to work on this issue.
20, Dec 2014 - Montgomery, AL School leaders, parents await Accountability Act hearing
Wednesday, the Alabama Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of the Alabama Accountability Act. The court's decision could impact where hundreds of Alabama children attend school.
20, Dec 2014 - Butler, AL 2 of 3 inmates who escaped via ‘sick’ prisoner scheme recaptured, murder suspect still missing
By Greg Botelho and Kevin Conlon CNN (CNN) — Two of the three inmates who escaped from a rural Alabama jail over the weekend are now back in custody, but the third, a murder suspect, remains on the lam. Armed robbery suspect Justin Terrell Gordon was captured about 100 miles north of the Choctaw County […]
20, Dec 2014 - Alabama political leaders react to president's immigration plan
The immigration plan and use of executive action is highly controversial. Lawmakers and experts on both sides of the aisle weighed-in with reaction.
20, Dec 2014 - Lee, AL Murder trial in East Alabama continues in Lee County
The murder trial for an East Alabama man accused of killing a 4-year-old girl continues in Lee County.A jury was selected Tuesday afternoon and opening statements are expected to begin first thing Wednesday morning.
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