Alabama Court Records
This entry was originally written by Robert S. Davis and Mary Bess Paluzzi in Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.
The records of the office of the court clerk or the circuit court records are the most poorly organized and most frequently missing court records. In smaller counties both chancery and circuit court records are maintained by the same clerk. In larger counties the records may be separated. The state administrative office of the court oversees the maintenance of the circuit court records.
The state-level office of the supreme court clerk has authority over the records of the state supreme court. After five years these records are moved to the state’s archives.
Alabama Digest, 1820 to Date…. (St. Paul, Minn.: West Publishing Co., 1950-present) indexes the decisions and opinions of the Alabama Supreme Court, court of criminal appeals, and court of civil appeals as well as the federal courts from the district level to the supreme court. The final volume is a defendant-plaintiff name index to cases cited.