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Alabama Court Decisions

    Additional Resources
    Recent opinions of the Supreme Court, Court of Civil Appeals, and Court of Criminal Appeals … Subscription service offering access to court opinions.


Alabama Constitution and Legislation

See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  1. Constitution (Ala. Const.)

    Additional Resources
    Alabama Constitutions 1819–1901 … [Ala. Leg.] — Texts of the six constitutions that have governed Alabama, along with historical commentary. This is an alternative source for the text of the 1901 constitution (the current one), including a search form.

  2. Bills • Resolutions
    While legislative business is not adequately documented on the legislature’s web site, bills and resolutions can be viewed on the ALISON web site by the method outlined below.

    1. ALISON Web Site
      The Alabama Legislative Information Service Online (ALISON) provides available information, but using the web site is not easy. Follow the steps below to identify a bill or resolution of interest. Then use the “Bills and Resolutions by Number” drop-down list, below, to find the text of that bill or resolution.
      1. On the ALISON web site, click on the “Session” label, top left corner of the screen, for a drop-down list of all legislative sessions back through 2000. Select a session and click the “Set” button.
      2. For a list of all enacted bills in the session (with topical summaries), on the menu select “Bills” and “By Selected Status.” Then:
      3. Select “House & Senate” [Which Bills]
      4. Select “Enacted” [Instrument Status]
      5. Click the “Get Bills Status” button
      6. For a similar list of adopted resolutions, follow the preceding steps but replace “Bills” with “Resolutions.”
      7. For a list of all bills in the session, on the menu select “Bills” and “By Selected Matter Transaction.” Then:
      8. Select “House & Senate” [Which Bills]
      9. Select “{All}” [Instrument Matter Transaction]
      10. Select “{All}” [Legislative Day]
      11. Click the “Get Bills by Transaction” button
      12. For lists of bills or resolutions meeting other criteria, make appropriate selections, in the manner described above, using the menus and drop-down lists on the ALISON web site.
    2. Bills and Resolutions by Number

      To view the text of a bill or resolution, first select a legislative session in this drop-down list to see links to the texts of all bills for that session, grouped as fiscal notes (FN), house bills (HB), and senate bills (SB), and sorted alphabetically (therefore, bill numbers are not in strictly numerical order). Find the bill of interest, and click on its link. To find resolutions from the same session, click on the link “[To Parent Directory]” at the top of the bill-list page, then click on “Resolutions.”

  3. Acts of Alabama (Ala. Acts)
  4. Code of Alabama (Ala. Code)
    See also uniform laws.
  5. Additional Resources
    Code of Alabama … This is an alternative source for the text of the code, including a search form.
    Code of Alabama … [Onecle, Inc. (Cal.)] — This version is browsable only (there is no search form), with no indication of whether the content is current.


Alabama Rules of Procedure and Practice

  1. Court Rules • Rules of Procedure
  2. Rules of Practice • Professional Ethics Decisions
  3. Judicial Inquiry Commission Advisory Opinions
  4. Additional Resources


Alabama Administrative Law Sources

See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
  1. Regulations
  2. Alabama Administrative Code (Ala. Admin. Code)
  3. Alabama Administrative Monthly
  4. Revenue Department — Rules
  5. Opinions • Decisions • Orders • Rulings
  6. Additional Resources
    ¶ Revenue Department Assessment Procedures … Diagram of the assessment process; a description of preliminary assessment appeal rights; and a description of final assessment appeal rights.


Alabama Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters

Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
  • Code Publishing Co.
  • Municipal Code Corp.
    1. Municipal Codes of Principal Cities
      A municipal code is linked here if the city is the capital or one of the five largest cities in the state or has a population exceeding 100,000.
    2. Home-Rule Charters
      State law does not authorize “home rule” for municipalities or counties, which therefore do not have charters.


    Alabama Law-Related Periodicals

    Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all Alabama law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.

    1. Addendum … [Alabama State Bar] — Official newsletter of the state bar. The current issue is on-line.
    2. Alabama Law Review (Ala. L. Rev.)


    Other Alabama Commentary

    1. Annual Eleventh Circuit Survey … [Mercer Univ. Sch. of Law] — The Mercer Law Review publishes the Eleventh Circuit survey as the summer issue each year.

    2. Doing Business in Alabama. Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C. … [Lex Mundi]


    Alabama Law-Related Topical Web Sites


    Alabama Court Information

    See also the Administrative Office of the Courts web site, as well as links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, the Ballotpedia.org web site presents information about courts and judges in the state, covering both state courts and federal courts, in a Wikipedia-style format.
    1. Web Sites
      See a chart of the Alabama state court system on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.
    2. Addresses • Names • Numbers


    Alabama Forms

    1. Ethics Commission — Forms … Forms are in PDF files.

    2. Revenue Department

      Forms may be in PDF files. Some forms for the current year (and some past years) can be completeed on-line.
    3. Business Entity Forms … [Paracorp, Inc. (Cal.)] — Convenient interface to view and print in-blank official state forms (in PDF files) for filing by business entities. A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.


    Other Alabama Resources

    1. Government-Related Web Sites

      See also the Piper Resources list of sites.
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
      ¶ Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / N.C. Indus. Comm’n]

    3. Bar Associations • Law-Related Organizations

      See the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for links to websites of member organizations.
    4. Law Schools • Admission to Practice • Continuing Legal Education


    Legal Research and Assistance

    1. Law Libraries

      See also links to web sites of public law libraries and catalogs of academic law libraries, maintained by the library at Washburn University School of Law; and the LibrarySites.Info database of library web sites (“Libcat”).
    2. Research Guides

      These links point to the listed sources as they are found on the Internet Archive web site. The sources formerly were available on the web site of the library at the Cumberland School of Law.
    3. Alabama State Bar Brochures … Brochures on legal topics of interest to the general public.

    4. Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for Alabama Residents … [Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of Alabama law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in Alabama.

    5. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
      1. Alabama Legal Help for the Poor … [Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
      2. WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help … [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.



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