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
Ex parte The Terminix International Co., LP, et al.  
Date: October 30, 2020
Docket Number: 1180863

Justia Opinion Summary: Birmingham law firm Campbell Law, P.C., represented consumers in legal proceedings against pest-control companies, including The Terminix International Co., LP, and Terminix International, Inc. (collectively referred to...

Ex parte Paula DiNardi.
Date: October 30, 2020
Docket Number: 1180978
Magers v. Alabama Women's Center Reproductive Alternatives, LLC  
Date: October 30, 2020
Docket Number: 1190010

Justia Opinion Summary: Ryan Magers appealed the dismissal of his wrongful-death claim against Alabama Women's Center Reproductive Alternatives, LLC ("the AWC"), for its role in the abortion of Baby Roe. In 2017, Baby Roe was aborted at approxi...

Ex parte Alfa Mutual Insurance Company.  
Date: October 30, 2020
Docket Number: 1190117

Justia Opinion Summary: Alfa Mutual Insurance Company intervened in a lawsuit brought by its insured, Danielene Myricks, against Kelisha Saulsberry, an uninsured motorist. Two weeks before trial, Alfa moved to opt out of the lawsuit. The circui...

Gustin v. Vulcan Termite and Pest Control, Inc.  
Date: October 30, 2020
Docket Number: 1190255

Justia Opinion Summary: Brenda and James Gustin appealed the grant of summary judgment entered in favor of Vulcan Termite and Pest Control, Inc. ("Vulcan"), and its general manager, Fred Smith. In 1998, Vulcan was hired by a construction compan...

S.C. et al. v. Autauga County Board of Education et al.  
Date: October 30, 2020
Docket Number: 1190382

Justia Opinion Summary: The circuit court dismissed with prejudice a complaint relating to an alleged sexual assault of a minor at an Autauga County, Alabama school. Multiple requests for continuances were granted. The last such grant, the circ...

Ex parte D.R.J.  
Date: October 30, 2020
Docket Number: 1190769

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants D.R.J. and his mother, Dana Sides, petitioned the Alabama Supreme Court for a writ of mandamus to direct the Circuit Court to vacate two orders holding that a pro tanto release executed in their favor was void...

Ex parte Alabama Department of Revenue.  
Date: October 30, 2020
Docket Number: 1190826

Justia Opinion Summary: The Alabama Department of Revenue ("DOR") petitioned the Alabama Supreme Court for a writ of mandamus to order Judge Eddie Hardaway to recuse himself from an appeal challenging a decision of the Alabama Tax Tribunal in f...

Ex parte Kenneth Earle Pate.
Date: October 30, 2020
Docket Number: 1190831
Jefferson County Board of Education v. City of Irondale
Date: October 23, 2020
Docket Number: 1180752
Blankenship et al. v. City of Irondale  
Date: October 23, 2020
Docket Numbers: 1180777, 1180752

Justia Opinion Summary: The Jefferson County, Alabama Board of Education ("the Board") and several of its employees sought to avoid the application of an occupational tax imposed by the City of Irondale ("City"). The Board and its employees arg...

Ex parte Sandra Shinaberry.
Date: October 23, 2020
Docket Number: 1180935
Mark Stiff v. Equivest Financial, LLC
Date: October 23, 2020
Docket Number: 1181051
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