Court Notices

Mobile County Probate Court New Address, Phone Numbers
The Mobile County Probate Court is in the process of relocating operations to the newly constructed Mobile County Courthouse Annex, adjacent to Mobile Government Plaza. New telephone numbers and court information for the court's staff were effective March 29.

Amendment of rules 28(d)(8), 32(a) and 52, Alabama Rules of Appellate Procedure, and Adoption of Rule 56, Alabama Rules of Appellate Procedure
The Alabama Supreme Court has amended rules 28(d)(8), 32(a) and 52, Alabama Rules of Appellate Procedure, and adopted Rule 56, Alabama Rules of Appellate Procedure. The amendment and adoption of these rules are effective June 1, 2010. The order amending rules 28(d)(8), 32(a) and 52 and adopting Rule 56 appears in an advance sheet of Southern Reporter dated on or about March 18, 2010. The newly adopted Rule 56 is entitled "Redaction of Personal Data Identifiers in Documents Filed with the Appellate Courts" and provides that the person or entity filing an electronic or paper document with the appellate courts redact from the document certain personal identifiers listed in the rule. It also provides that if the document contains information that cannot be adequately redacted the front cover of the document should so indicate. The amendment to Rule 52 provides that in cases where there is a need for anonymity the cover of the document being filed must so indicate. The amendments to rules 28(d) and 32(a) provide the means by which to indicate to the appellate court that the document contains such information. The text of these rules can be found at
--Bilee Cauley, reporter of decisions, Alabama Appellate courts

Reappointment of Incumbent Magistrate Judge
The current term of office of United States Magistrate Judge Bert W. Milling, Jr. is due to expire November 20, 2010. The United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider the reappointment of the Magistrate Judge to a new eight-year term."

The duties of the position are demanding and wide-ranging and include the following: (1) Conduct of most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; (2) Trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; (3) Conduct of various pretrial matters in civil cases and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from the judges of the District Court; (4) Trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants; and (5) Jury selection in most civil and criminal cases.

Comments from members of the bar and the public are invited as to whether the incumbent Magistrate Judge should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the Court and should be marked "Confidential" and directed to:

Charles R. Diard, Jr., Clerk, U.S. District Court
RE: Magistrate Judge Reappointment
113 St. Joseph Street
Mobile, AL 36602
Comments must be received by close of business April 30, 2010.

Amendments to the Rules of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2071(b), notice and opportunity for comment is given of proposed amendments to the Rules of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. A copy of the proposed amendments may be obtained on and after April 1, 2010. Comments may be submitted to Office of the Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 56 Forsyth St., N.W., Atlanta 30303 by April 30, 2010.

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