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
Walter B. Price v. Alabama One Credit Union and William A. Lunsford (Appeal from Tuscaloosa Circuit Court: CV-14-901523).
Date: February 23, 2024
Docket Numbers: SC-2022-0741, SC-2022-1013, SC-2023-0015, SC-2023-0020
Zackery v. Water Works and Sewer Board of the City of Gadsden  
Date: February 23, 2024
Docket Number: SC-2023-0530

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, Fred Zackery sought access to confidential settlement agreements between the Water Works and Sewer Board of the City of Gadsden ("the Board") and various carpet and chemical manufacturers. Zackery requested…

LePage v. Center for Reproductive Medicine, P.C.  
Date: February 16, 2024
Docket Numbers: SC-2022-0515, SC-2022-0579

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the Supreme Court of Alabama ruled that under Alabama's Wrongful Death of a Minor Act, the definition of a "child" includes those who are unborn, regardless of their location (either inside or outside a…

Sykes v. Majestic Mississippi, LLC  
Date: February 16, 2024
Docket Numbers: SC-2023-0520, SC-2023-0572

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case from the Supreme Court of Alabama, the court held that the Majestic Mississippi, LLC ("Majestic") and Linda Parks did not owe any duty of care to the passengers on a charter bus that crashed en route to…

Roberson v. Drummond Company, Inc.  
Date: February 9, 2024
Docket Number: SC-2022-0863

Justia Opinion Summary: In the case before the Supreme Court of Alabama, David and Anna Roberson appealed from an order by the Jefferson Circuit Court that dismissed their indemnification claim against Drummond Company, Inc. ("Drummond").…

EZPAWN Alabama, Inc. v. Darryl A. Lee (Appeal from Jefferson Circuit Court: CV-18-901322).
Date: February 9, 2024
Docket Numbers: SC-2023-0249, SC-2023-0832
Jana Denise Smith v. Robert Holland (Appeal from Madison Circuit Court: CV-18-901253).
Date: February 9, 2024
Docket Numbers: SC-2023-0659, SC-2023-0947, SC-2023-0953, SC-2023-0964
Jeri D. Lehman v. Deloris Miles (Appeal from Jefferson Circuit Court: CV-21-900469).
Date: February 9, 2024
Docket Numbers: SC-2023-0070, SC-2023-0103, SC-2023-0929, SC-2023-0970, SC-2024-0001
Darryl Hudson v. Rebecca J. Hudson and Genice Withers (Appeal from Mobile Probate Court: 2022-0621).
Date: February 9, 2024
Docket Numbers: SC-2023-0290, SC-2023-0387, SC-2023-0764, SC-2023-0875, SC-2023-0954, SC-2024-0010
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