Alabama State Bar COVID-19 Updates

LATEST UPDATE: 4:01 PM – Thursday, April 2

We continue to add county specific orders and information below. If you don’t see the information from your county yet, check back again soon!

Local Court Information Regarding COVID-19

Autauga County

Order from the 19th Judicial Circuit

Baldwin County

Order from the 28th Judicial Circuit

Notice from the Baldwin County Probate Court

Order from the Baldwin County Probate Court

Barbour County

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER: (COVID-19 CHILD VISITATION AND SUPPORT)

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER: TEMPORARY PROTOCOL FOR DRUG COURTS, VETERANS COURT AND ACCOUNTABILITY COURTS

Emergency Contacts List

Bibb County

ATTENTION 

In light of the current situation, and in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Bibb County Courthouse Annex will be closed to the public until April 6, 2020.  We will remain fully staffed and available to assist over the telephone and as outlined below.  We appreciate your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Services in the probate office will continue to be provided as follows:

 Tag renewals – we can take credit card payments over the phone at 205-926-3104 or our online service can be utilized at www.bibbal.com

The Department of Revenue has extended the grace period through April 15, 2020 so late fees will not be assessed on tags due in March until April 16, 2020. 

Driver’s Licenses – can be renewed online at www.alea.gov.

If you renewed your driver’s license online last renewal period and therefore are not eligible to renew online, please contact us at 205-926-3104 to schedule an appointment. 

Hunting/Fishing Licenses – can be obtained online at www.outdooralabama.com

Call 205-926-3104 if you need an in person service or to use our walk up window (formerly the drive-through window). 

Land and Probate Records can be searched at http://www.syscononline.com/wts

If you are a title searcher, abstractor, or attorney, etc. in need of in-person searches, please contact our office at 205-926-3104 to schedule an appointment or to use our walk up window (formerly the drive-through window). 

Recording or Probate court filings can be done by appointment.  Please contact us at 205-926-3104 to schedule or to use our walk up window (formerly the drive-through window). 

Marriage Certificates – visit www.alabamapublichealth.gov  Select Certificates, Licenses and Permits.  Select Birth, Death, Divorce and Marriage Certificate.  Select Marriage Certificates.  Complete form, have signed and notarized.  Call and schedule an appointment for recording within 30 days of the last signature. The cost is $72.

Blount County

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER REGARDING WUHAN VIRUS (COVID-19) from the 41st Judicial Circuit

Courthouse is closed to public, but staff is working. Clerk’s office can be reached at (205) 625-4153.

There is no dropbox; Attorneys can file by mail or alacourt. If it’s an emergency, the bailiff will contact staff members for filing.

Bullock County

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER: (COVID-19 CHILD VISITATION AND SUPPORT)

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER: TEMPORARY PROTOCOL FOR DRUG COURTS, VETERANS COURT AND ACCOUNTABILITY COURTS

Emergency Contacts List

Butler County

Order from the 2nd Judicial District

Order on Virtual Hearings

Jail Administrative Order

Violent Offenses Info

DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY

The Butler County Courthouse will be closed to the public from Friday, March 20, 2020 at 4 p.m. till Monday, April 6, 2020. 

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE BUTLER Courthouse

If you are unable to enter this facility here are the contacts for essential services that you may contact:  The officials will be monitoring the office voice mail & email regularly.    

 

  1. For Circuit Court, District Court and Small Claims matters and filings, please contact:

Mattie Gomillion, Circuit Clerk 

email:  mattie.gomillion@alacourt.gov

 334-382-3521 (O) or 334-453-3302 (C)

Terri B. Lovell, Circuit Judge

 email:  terri.bozemanlovell@alacourt.gov

334-382-3621 (O) or 334-437-0755    

  1. MacDonald Russell, Jr., District Judge

Email:  mack@mackrussell.com

334-382-6125 (O)

  1. For Sheriff Department matters, please contact:

Danny Bond, Sheriff   email:  sheriffbond@camelliacom.com

334-382-6521 (O) or 334-525-0361(C)

  1. For Probate Services, please contact:

Steve Norman, Probate Judge-email: judgesnorman@gmail.com

334-382-3512 (0) or 334-300-7073

  1. For Juvenile Probation services, please contact:

Chris Taylor, Juvenile Probate Officer-

email: Chris.taylor@alacourt.gov

          334-382-5443 (O) or 334-546-0782 (C)

  1. For Revenue/Reappraisal services, please contact:

          Deborah Crews, Revenue Commissioner-

email: revcomcrews@butlercoal.us

          334-382-6312(O) or 334-437-3302 (C)

  1. For Board of Registrars matters, please contact:

Fay Poole 334-382-5685 (O) or 334-399-7101 (c)

Email:  faysp@outlook.com

Debbie Wesley 334-303-7339 (c)

Email: codyhwco@camelliacom.com

 

  1. For all other matters, please contact:

Jesse McWilliams, Chairman Butler County Commission

          334-382-3612 (O) or 334-525-0855 (C)

          Email:  butlercc@butlercoal.us

          Diane Kilpatrick, County Administrator

          334-382-3612 (O) or 334-525-0561 (C)

          Email:  dok@butlercoal.us     county website: butlercountyal.com

These limited restrictions will remain in place until further notice.

Calhoun County

7th Circuit Order

Please feel free to contact the Clerk’s Office at (256) 231-1750. You may also contact by email at kim.mccarson@alacourt.gov.

Chambers County

Chambers

Cherokee County

Order from the 9th Judicial Circuit

The Cherokee Co. courthouse isn’t open to the public, but the DeKalb Co. courthouse is, from 10:00 to 2:00 only. Some staff are working at both places. Phone numbers are posted on the doors of both courthouses, and if needed, a person can call the particular office they need and see if their question can be answered over the phone. If it can’t, they may be allowed limited access to that particular office.

There are dropboxes for legal filings inside the courthouses.

Judge Jeremy Taylor’s cell is (256) 996-2139, and his email is jeremy.taylor@alacourt.gov.

Chilton County

Order from the 19th Judicial Circuit

Choctaw County

Choctaw

  • Courthouse closed to public
  • Contact for court: 205.459.3828
  • Circuit Clerk: Candace Jenkins, 205-459-2155, candace.jenkins@alacourt.gov

Clarke County

Clay County

40th Circuit Order

The courthouse is closed to the public, but staff is still working. The Clerk’s office can be reached at (256) 354-7926.

There is a dropbox available for filings, and instructions are posted on the door of the courthouse.

Cleburne County

Coffee County

County Press Release on COVID-19

County Press Release on Closure of Building to Public

Both locations (Elba and Enterprise) are closed to the public. Staff is still there working and will be, to handle in-person cases. Probate and revenue departments are open to attorneys with limitations. Both locations have dropboxes for legal filings.

The County Administrator can be reached at (334) 894-5556, ext. 1128 or rmorgan@co.coffee.al.us. Visit coffeecounty.us for more contact info.

Colbert County

There is a drop box inside on the 2nd floor of the Courthouse for filings.

The best way to contact the courts is 256-386-8511 or Mark.Eady@alacourt.gov

District and Juvenile Court Info

Conecuh County

The courthouse is closed to the public, but staff is still working. You can reach the Clerk’s office at  (251) 578-2066. There are also instructions posted on the courthouse door with phone numbers for emergency filings.

There is not a dropbox available; filings can be made by mail or through Alacourt.

Coosa County

40th Circuit Order

Courthouse is closed to the public, but staff is working. The Clerk’s office can be reached at
(256) 377-2678.

Covington County

  • Closed to public unless an emergency
  • Emergency contact/Circuit Clerk, ’s general office: 334.428.2520, amy.jones@alacourt.gov, Amy Jones
  • Probate: Closed to the public; Emergency contact: Judge Stacy Brooks, stacy.brooks@covcounty.gov, 334.428.2512

Crenshaw County

Order from the 2nd Judicial District

Order on Virtual Hearings

Jail Administrative Order

Violent Offenses Info

The Crenshaw County Courthouse will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at closed of business until further notice.

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE CRENSHAW COUNTY CIRCUIT CLERK’S OFFICE IS AS FOLLOWS:

334-335-6575

334-300-9823

Jeannie.gibson@alacourt.gov

 

Terri B. Lovell, Circuit Judge

email:  terri.bozemanlovell@alacourt.gov

334-382-3621 (O)

 

Tom Sport, District Judge

Email:  tom.sport@alacourt.gov

334-335-6568 (O)

Cullman County

Order from the 32nd Judicial District

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 2020-07: An Order Relating to Virtual Court Hearings Using Available Technology

There is a drop box at back entrance of the Courthouse at security for filings that is being checked about four times a day.

The best way to contact the courts is by calling 256-775-4654 or emailing Lisa.McSwain@alacourt.gov.

Dale County

Dale County Info

Dale County Circuit Clerk Office Closed to Public

Clerk’s office is open and can be reached by phone at (334) 774-5003.

DeKalb County

Order from the 9th Judicial Circuit

The DeKalb County Commission decided to close the courthouse to the public effective April 1. Employees remain accessible by phone and continue to work in the building. Phone numbers are posted on the doors.

There are dropboxes for legal filings inside the courthouses.

Judge Jeremy Taylor’s cell is (256) 996-2139, and his email is jeremy.taylor@alacourt.gov.

Elmore County

Order from the 19th Judicial Circuit

Escambia County

21st Circuit Order Page 1

21st Circuit Order Page 2

Circuit Clerk: John Fountain, 251-867-0305 john.fountain@alacourt.gov

Etowah County

Order from the 16th Judicial District

Staff is still available by phone and/or email. Not technically closed for purposes of legal filings, but encouraging the public to use the drive-up window and attorneys to use ALAFILE. There is a dropbox at the circuit clerk’s drive-through window, but it is not to be used after hours.

After hours, call the clerk’s office, (256) 549-2150 or email cassandra.johnson@alacourt.gov.

Fayette County

Order from the 24th Judicial District

Franklin County

Courthouse is closed to public, but staff is still working and reachable by telephone.

You can reach the Clerk’s office at (256) 332-8861.

Geneva County

GENEVA COUNTY CIRCUIT CLERK’S OFFICE IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

PLEASE USE THE INFORMATION BELOW TO CONTACT THIS OFFICE:

PHONE: 334-684-5620

EMAIL: gale.laye@alacourt.gov

GENEVA COUNTY CIRCUIT CLERK

P.O. BOX 86 GENEVA, AL 36340

IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION CONCERNING A PROTECTION FROM ABUSE CASE, USE THE INFORMATION ABOVE TO CONTACT THE OFFICE AND WE WILL ASSIST YOU.

TO REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT LEAVE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS AND A REQUEST WILL BE MAILED TO YOU.

 

Greene County

Circuit Clerk: Veronica Jones, 205-372-3598, veronica.jones@alacourt.gov

Hale County

Henry County

Order from the 20th  Judicial District (Scroll down to last two pages for order from Henry County)

Houston County

Houston County Order

Jackson County

ALABAMA UNIFIED JUDICIAL SYSTEM
THIRTY-EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT JACKSON COUNTY

Additional Order from Jackson County

Jefferson County

Order from the 10th Judicial District

Jefferson County courthouses are closed to the public, including Birmingham and Bessemer divisions, but staff is still in the office working. There are no physical dropboxes at either Jefferson Civil or Criminal. Attorneys are encouraged to sign up and file everything through AOC.

Contact Chief Clerk Pam Jones at (205) 325-5355 or email Pam Jones at jonespa@jccal.org with questions.

Lamar County

Order from the 24th Judicial District

Lauderdale County

Administrative Order from the 11th Circuit

Lawrence County

Administrative Order from the 36th Judicial Circuit.

There is not a dropbox for filings, but there is a security guard who will call staff members to accept a filing. You can reach the Clerk’s office at (256) 974-2438.

Lee County

37th Judicial Circuit Order

Memo from Judge Speakman

There are dropboxes to accept filings, and they can also be submitted by mail.

Limestone County

Lowndes County

Order from the 2nd Judicial District

Order on Virtual Hearings

Jail Administrative Order

Violent Offenses Info

The Lowndes County Commission has approved a resolution to join the State and Federal Government in declaring an emergency due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus epidemic. The Courthouse and other County Offices will be closed to the Public starting Thursday, March 19, 2020 and ending March 31, 2020. We will reopen to the Public on April 1, 2020 unless circumstances change. You can contact each office by phone if you need immediate attention. Below is a list of contact numbers for the various offices.

Lowndes County Sheriff Office: 334-548-6151
Lowndes County Tax Collector: 334-548-2175
Lowndes County Tax Assessor: 334-548-2271
Lowndes County Probate Office: 334-548-2365
Lowndes County Appraisal Office: 334-548-5619
Lowndes County Enforcement Office: 334-548-5977
Lowndes County Commission Office: 334-548-2331
Lowndes County Circuit Clerk: 334-548-2252
Lowndes County District Judge: 334-548-2591

Macon County

Circuit Clerk: David Love, 334.724.2614, david.love@alacourt.gov

Madison County

Order from the 23rd Judicial District

Marengo County

Circuit Clerk: (334) 295-2224

Local orders can be sent to melissa.warnke@alabar.org for inclusion on this webpage.

Marion County

Courthouse is closed to the public. Lawyers must mail documents to be filed.

Best way to contact the courts: 205-921-7451 or Denise.Mixon@alacourt.gov

Marshall County

Order from the 27th Judicial District

Mobile County

Mobile County

Order from the 13th Judicial District

Mobile County Probate Court

Call (251) 574-8806 (phone tree) or email circuit clerk at jo.schwarzauer.alacourt.gov for questions.

Courthouse is closed to the public except for PFAs, and the warrant room is open. Staff is still there working.

There is a dropbox outside for legal filings.

NOTICE REGARDING MOBILE MUNICIPAL COURT

On March 13, 2020,  Alabama Supreme Court entered an administrative order suspending all in person proceedings in all state and local courts beginning Monday March 16, 2020 through Thursday April 16, 2020 with limited exceptions applicable to Mobile Municipal Court. Those limited exceptions involve bond related matters, arraignments, and plea agreements for INCARCERATED individuals only. All other in-person proceedings are suspended through April 16, 2020. You will receive a notice in the mail with your new court date. Those on formal probation with the City of Mobile probation office are to CALL the probation office at (251)800-1701 for further instruction. Those needing to make a payment on tickets, fines,  and/or costs can do so online at www.cityofmobile.org or mail a money order or cashier’s check to Mobile Municipal Court Payment Window, 205 Government Street, Mobile, AL 36602.

Monroe County

Courthouse is closed to the public, but the staff is still working, and the Clerk’s office is reachable by phone at (251) 743-2283.

There is no dropbox for legal files, but you can file by mail or email to wesley.hines@alacourt.gov.

Montgomery County

In response to the Alabama Supreme Court’s Administrative Order, dated March 13, 2020 and the Presiding Judge of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit’s Administrative Order, dated March 17, 2020, the Montgomery County Circuit Clerk’s office, including the civil division, criminal division, domestic relations division and juvenile division will begin operating on a skeletal and remote operating status.

Our office is committed to continuing court essential functions as they have been outlined to us. District Court magistrates will schedule citizen warrants for domestic violence offenses and other violent matters. PFA’s will still be processed.

CLERK OFFICE OPERATION HOURS:
For court information, we will have limited staffing available by phone in the office from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Please contact our office at (334) 832-1260.

Our office will be available by e-mail at: montgomerycircuitclerk@alacourt.gov

Forms and other general information are available on our website at: Montgomery.alacourt.gov

COURT FILING OPTIONS:

Currently, we have several filing options for your convenience. Due to skeletal staffing in the office, please understand there might be delays in processing filings, court orders, motions, etc. We are doing our best! We will prioritize court filings based on the essential function guidelines. Below are filing options:

  1. By AlaFile for attorneys or registered users (Note: Attorney boxes in the clerk’s office are not accessible). All court documents will be electronically sent or mailed.
  2. By MAIL (please include appropriate court cost, if necessary):Montgomery County Circuit Clerk
    P.O. Box 1667
    Montgomery, AL 36104
  3. By E-MAIL: montgomerycircuitclerk@alacourt.gov
  4. By DROP BOX. A drop box is located outside the Montgomery County Courthouse from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

PAYMENTS TO THE COURT:
Traffic tickets for upcoming court hearings can be paid online at alapay.com (you must have UTC number and DOB).

Payments will be accepted over the phone by credit card for traffic tickets, fines and restitution and other court costs. All credit card payments have a 4% processing fee.

For payments that cannot be made by credit card or over the phone, payments should be mailed to:
P.O. Box 1667, Montgomery, AL 36104.

Payments made to the court will be receipted and deposited weekly. Restitution payments, alimony, garnishment checks and other court ordered monies for civil, criminal, juvenile and domestic relations will be mailed on a weekly basis. ALL CHECKS WILL BE MAILED, NO EXCEPTIONS.

REQUEST FOR COURT RECORDS:
Court records can be obtained through our website: montgomery.alacourt.gov by clicking on link Just On Look-On Demand Court Records link. In addition, request for records can be sent by mail or emailed to: montgomerycircuitclerk@alacourt.gov. Please allow 3-4 weeks to process requests. Record search fees will apply.

MONTGOMERY CIRCUIT CLERK CONTACT INFORMATION

Main Office: (334) 832-1260

Fax: (334) 832-7787

Email: montgomerycircuitclerk@alacourt.gov

Website: Montgomery.alacourt.gov

Absentee Office: (334) 832-1281

EMERGENCY CONTACT

Circuit Clerk, Gina Ishman
Email: gina.ishman@alacourt.gov
Office: (334) 832-1384
Cell: (334) 328-0886

Civil/Criminal Deputy Clerk, Shirley Grant
Email: shirley.grant@alacourt.gov
Office: (334) 832-1261
Cell: (334) 414-2672

Juvenile/Domestic Relations Deputy Clerk, Angela Starr
Email: angela.starr@alacourt.gov
Office: (334) 832-2101
Cell: (334) 233-9942

Perry County

Closed to the public

Circuit Clerk: Mia Turner, 334.683.6106,mia.turner@alacourt.gov

Pickens County

Order from the 24th Judicial District

Randolph County

Russell County

Order from the 26th Judicial District

St. Clair County

Minor, Robert L. Presiding District Judge: 205-594-2184

Seay, Philip K. Presiding Circuit Judge 205-594-2184

Shelby County

Order from the 18th Judicial District; An updated Order can be found here.

Shelby County Probate Court Info

Talladega County

Order from the 29th Judicial District

Tallapoosa County

Walker County

The Courthouse is closed to the public for non-emergency issues, but staff is still there working.

There is a dropbox outside for legal filings.

GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS UPDATE PROCEDURES FOR PUBLIC BUILDINGS

JASPER, Ala. – A Tuesday meeting of local officials outlined procedures for public access to certain county departments and buildings, including the Walker County Courthouse.

Until further notice, all county government departments, other than revenue and probate, are by appointment only. This also includes the Walker County Animal Shelter and the Walker County Commission office.

Probate and revenue will be limiting their intake to 5 at a time.

Notices with instructions for public access will be placed on the entrance doors to the buildings. These include:

  • Walker County Probate Court

If you have traveled to any of the following countries within the last 14 days: Italy, Iran, South Korea, China; or if you reside or have had close contact with someone who has traveled to one of the above areas within the last 14 days; or if you have been asked to self-quarantine by any hospital or health agency or any medical health professional; or if you’ve been diagnosed with, or have had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or their families, we ask that you not enter the courthouse.

We will be glad to assist by telephone or online. The office number is 205-384-7281 and you may renew your tag online at www.altags.com/walkerlicense

  • Walker County Courthouse

Please be Respectful of Others by NOT entering any courthouse or annex building if you are or beginning to feel ill.

Below are the Departments and Contact Numbers:

Commission 205-384-7230

Civil Service 205-384-7248

Juvenile Office 205-300-4224

Circuit Clerk Office 205-384-7230

Veterans Office 205-384-7230

Board of Registrars 205-384-7279

Coroner’s Office 205-282-1085

Revenue Office 205-384-7267

Solid Waste Office 205-384-7253

Probate Office 205-384-7281

Driver License (State) 205-221-7589

District Attorney 205-384-7272

  • Walker County Revenue Office

To help ensure the health of the Public and the County Staff, this office is accessible to five individuals at a time. However, property taxes can be paid on line at https://www.walkercountyrevenue.com/#/property

The Revenue staff will assist each person when time to enter.

Call the circuit clerk’s office at (205) 384-7268 or email susan.odom@alacourt.gov with questions.

Washington County

Circuit Clerk: Valerie Knapp, 251-847-2239, valerie.knapp@alacourt.gov

Wilcox County

Circuit Clerk: Carolyn Posey, 334-682-4126, carolyn.posey@alacourt.gov

Winston County

Courthouse is closed to public, but there is a drop box outside of courthouse for filings.

Best ways to contact the courts: 205-489-5533 or John.Snoddy@alacourt.gov

COVID-19 Resources

The Alabama State has compiled resources to help members navigate the current COVID-19 situation. SCROLL DOWN for court orders, announcements, webinars and other current information relevant for attorneys.

Staff Contact Information and Impact on Bar Services

The Alabama State Bar has been working diligently to develop a plan for the bar’s operation that considers guidance received from federal and state authorities and also our duty and obligation to serve you, our members.

Effective Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2020, we will have limited hours of operation within the building due to COVID-19, and many of our employees will be working remotely, where possible. They will remain available to assist you when needed, although there may be some delays in providing that assistance.

In addition, the ASB building will be closed to the public until further notice, starting Mar. 17. The situation is fluid and changing at a rapid pace, so we will continue to monitor developments, and make changes as necessary. If you had arranged to hold a meeting, mediation, deposition or other event at the bar building in the next few weeks, you will be (if you have not already been) contacted by a member of our staff to arrange rescheduling.

Should you have questions, please contact the appropriate staff member below:

Department/Function Telephone Direct Dial Email
Administration 334-517-2170 diane.locke@alabar.org
Finance 334-517-2160 financedept@alabar.org
Communications 334-517-2218 melissa.warnke@alabar.org
Publications (The Alabama Lawyer magazine) 334-517-2124 margaret.murphy@alabar.org
Information Technology (IT) 334-517-2192 hunter.harris@alabar.org
Admissions 334-517-2228 admit@alabar.org
Licensing 334-517-2144 ms@alabar.org
CLE 334-517-2128 cle@alabar.org
OGC – Discipline 334-517-2188 ogc@alabar.org
OGC – Ethics 334-517-2196 ethics@alabar.org
Programs/Meetings 334-517-2150 annualmeeting@alabar.org
Alabama Lawyers Assistance Program (ALAP) 334-224-6920 alap@alabar.og
Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) 334-517-2246 linda.lund@alabar.org
Lawyer Referral Service 800-392-5660 lrs@alabar.org
ASB President Christy Crow ccrow@jinkslaw.com

If you have an emergency and cannot get in touch with anyone, you may call Executive Director Phillip McCallum at (205) 919-2012.

We stand ready to continue to carry out the essential functions of the Bar and will continue to keep you updated and provide guidance about how to move forward. Please heed the recommendations of local and federal health officials to protect yourselves, your families, your friends and your colleagues from this virus.

We understand that this situation will likely cause significant hardships to many of your. Please let us know how we might provide resources to help you withstand the changes created by the pandemic.

Supreme Court of Alabama Orders

If you have a question about the Courts that is not addressed below, click on the button below to submit your question. We will compile those questions to send to the Courts for answers.

The Heflin-Torbert Judicial Building is closed to the general public, with some exceptions. Read the order here.

Alabama State Bar Webinars to Help Navigate COVID-19 Impact

The Alabama State Bar has put together a series of Facebook LIVE webinars to help you navigate through this unprecedented time. You can watch these webinars LIVE on the Bar’s Facebook page, or you can watch the recordings below.

How Video Conferencing Is Working To Keep Courts Open
WATCH HERE
Presenters: Judge Teresa T. Pulliam, President of the Alabama Circuit Judges Association, and Judge Carole Medley, President of the Alabama District Judges Association, will discuss how judges in Alabama are working to keep the courts open for business. They will be available for questions.

Business Interruption Insurance
WATCH HERE
Presenter: Businesses and law firms are definitely being interrupted with the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a business owner or a lawyer who has questions about what your clients should do, watch our Facebook LIVE recording with Alabama State Bar member Jim Kee on insurance issues during the pandemic.

Unemployment Benefits & Paid Leave Laws
WATCH HERE
Presenter: Bruce Henderson of Phelps, Jenkins, Gibson & Fowler, L.L.P. in Tuscaloosa has been practicing labor and employment law for 30 years. Watch our Facebook LIVE recording to hear him answer questions about how COVID-19 is impacting paid leave laws and unemployment benefits.

Virtual Office Practice and Management: Tips and Tools for Working Remotely
WATCH HERE
Presenter: Rebecca Bartlett from the Law Office of Rebecca L. Bartlett gave us tips on establishing a virtual office. Watch our Facebook LIVE recording to hear her tips, especially if you have a solo or small firm practice.

U.S. District Court Information

United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama: For information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please click here.

Unites States District Court Northern District: General Order regarding court operations; Order regarding the use of video and audio to conduct criminal proceedings

 

Volunteer Lawyers Programs and Clinics Information

Legal Services Alabama has opened a COVID-19 Crisis Disaster Hotline that is available in English and Spanish at 1-877-393-2333.

Clinic Closures:

  • The Montgomery Volunteer Lawyer’s Program’s in-person clinics are cancelled until further notice. They are still offering screening over the phone at 334-265-0222 ext.2. A group of local volunteer lawyers are available to answer civil legal questions by phone.
  • The Huntsville Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program has cancelled all legal clinics until further notice, specifically the Lawyer in Library clinic and Family Law Clinic.
  • The South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program has canceled all clinics and in-person screening for the time being. We are still offering screening over the phone at 251-438-1102 for non-emergency issues.
  • If your legal issue must be addressed within a certain time frame, please contact Legal Services Alabama’s Call Center at 1-866-456-4995 (Spanish speaking at 1-888-835-3505) for intake screening.
Bankruptcy Courts Information

The United States Bankruptcy Court Orders:

Office of General Counsel Information

Consistent with the Supreme Court’s order, all Alabama State Bar Office of General Counsel disciplinary hearings and other discipline-related matters will be continued until after Apr. 16.

The Office of General Counsel sent a memo to members. Lawyers can use this language to send to clients about the court closures, statute of limitations, and delay in cases as a result of the crisis.  You can find that >>>here<<<.

CLE Accomodations in Light of COVID-19

WHAT ACCOMMODATIONS, IF ANY, WILL BE MADE FOR SATISFACTION OF REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS (I.E., ADMISSIONS AND CLE) IMPACTED BY THE CORONAVIRUS?

We are currently reviewing all rules and regulatory requirements to determine those that may be difficult to satisfy based on impacts of the Coronavirus. In many cases, regulatory requirements are set by rule(s) of the Supreme Court of Alabama and the Court must allow for variance from the rule(s). The Alabama State Bar is in dialogue with the Supreme Court of Alabama to determine what accommodations, if any, will be made in this regard. Updates will be posted as they are available.

Attorneys who hold an occupational license are required to complete 12 CLE hours, including 1 ethics hour, by December 31, 2020. A searchable database of approved CLE courses is available at https://www.alabar.org/cle/approved-courses/. Approved courses are designated as Live Onsite, Live TeleConference/WebCast, or On Demand. Attorneys are limited to 6 hours of On Demand courses per year; that limit does not apply to Live Teleconference/WebCast courses, which may be helpful to know during this time of social distancing. For more information on CLE requirements, email our CLE staff at cle@alabar.org.

Status of the 2020 Annual Meeting

No decision has been made at this point. Please continue to check back, and any announcements regarding the 2020 Annual Meeting will be sent to all members through email. If you have any specific questions, you can email annualmeeting@alabar.org.

Proclamation from Governor Ivey on Notarizing by Video Conference

April 2: Gov. Ivey amended her emergency proclamation issued March 26, to address the remote notarization of documents. Now any notary appointed in Alabama can notarize by video conference. It also addresses new provisions in jails to slow the transmission of COVID-19. Please read the full proclamation here.

March 26: Gov. Kay Ivey issued a Proclamation on March 26, and a section is included that allows for notaries (who are licensed attorneys or operating under licensed attorneys) to observe and notarize signatures by video conferencing. There are other items in the order that impact attorneys, so we encourage you to read the full document. You can read the proclamation here.