Supreme Court of Alabama Decisions

The Alabama Supreme Court was created by Article VI, Section 139 of the Alabama Constitution. In addition to reviewing appeals from lower courts and the Alabama Public Service Commission, the Alabama Supreme Court has the authority to review disputes that involve an amount in controversy greater than $50,000, if no other Alabama court has jurisdiction over the dispute. Article IV, Section 140 of the Alabama Constitution describes the organization of the Court and the scope of its jurisdiction.

The nine justices on the Court, including the Chief Justice, are elected for six-year terms. To be eligible, a candidate must be no older than 70, licensed to practice in Alabama, and a resident of Alabama for at least one year. If a justice retires, resigns, dies, or is removed from office before the end of their term, the Governor of Alabama will appoint a replacement. To retain their seat, that justice must run in the next general election that is at least one year after they are appointed. Removing a justice requires either an impeachment procedure or an investigation by the Judicial Inquiry Commission that results in a complaint filed with the Alabama Court of the Judiciary.

The Alabama Supreme Court has issued many rules that control procedures and practices in courts throughout the state. These include rules of evidence, civil procedure, appellate procedure, judicial administration, and disciplinary procedure, among other rules. The Court also has issued seven canons of judicial ethics to govern the actions of judges in the state.

Browse Opinions From the Supreme Court of Alabama

Recent Decisions From the Supreme Court of Alabama
Alabama Insurance Underwriting Association v. Skinner  
Date: October 22, 2021
Docket Number: 1200132

Justia Opinion Summary: After a fire at James and Suzanne Skinner's house, their insurer sought a judgment declaring that it did not owe either of them coverage. The circuit court entered summary judgment for Suzanne while the claim against Jam...

Wynlake Residential Association, Inc, et al. v. Hulsey et al.  
Date: October 22, 2021
Docket Number: 1200242

Justia Opinion Summary: Wynlake Residential Association, Inc. ("the homeowners' association"), Wynlake Development, LLC, SERMA Holdings, LLC, Builder1.com, LLC, J. Michael White, Shandi Nickell, and Mary P. White ("the defendants") appealed a c...

Ex parte Jorge Ruiz.
Date: October 22, 2021
Docket Number: 1200618
Ex parte Gregory Ray Steenson.
Date: October 22, 2021
Docket Number: 1200697
Ex parte State of Alabama.
Date: October 22, 2021
Docket Number: 1200730
Ex parte Steven Chalmers Varnado.
Date: October 22, 2021
Docket Number: 1200734
Ex parte Colby Dewight Tucker.
Date: October 15, 2021
Docket Number: 1200047
Everett W. Wess v. Kechia Davis
Date: October 15, 2021
Docket Number: 1200290
Kenneth S. Traywick v. Jefferson Dunn
Date: October 15, 2021
Docket Number: 1200549
Ex parte M.B.
Date: October 15, 2021
Docket Number: 1200586
Ex parte M.L.
Date: October 15, 2021
Docket Number: 1200735
Ex parte Tony Eugene Grimes.
Date: October 15, 2021
Docket Number: 1200780
Ex parte John Parhams.
Date: October 15, 2021
Docket Number: 1200786
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