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  • 09 Sep 2020 12:46 PM | Melanie Burgett (Administrator)

    FROM PRESIDING CIRCUIT JUDGE AL MAY In its order of May 13, 2020, the Alabama Supreme Court suspended jury trials until September 14, 2020. In accordance with that order, Tuscaloosa County will resume jury trials for jury weeks October 5th and October 13th.

    At the courthouse, our present safety protocols will continue. These include social distancing and masking in our halls and courtrooms, temperature checks of everyone who enters, and accessible sanitizers in courtrooms and halls. In addition, to limit the numbers in the courthouse at any one time, we will bring in reduced venire panels for one trial at a time with jury organization divided into separate sessions at separate times. We plan to use the vacant third floor courtroom for a jury assembly room, and the trial courtrooms as the jury deliberation rooms. Also, the jury boxes will be reconfigured to allow for proper distancing between jurors.

    We now have an on-line jury summons that each potential juror may access with an individualized PIN by computer or smart phone. Included with the summons is a short questionnaire that will aid in the qualification of jurors. Incorporated into the questionnaire are COVID-related questions allowing jurors to be excused on-line if they have had recent COVID exposure, are of a heightened risk due to age or an underlying condition, or have COVID fears.

  • 19 Mar 2020 10:20 AM | Melanie Burgett (Administrator)

    Tuscaloosa County Courthouse and Probate: Tuscaloosa County Courthouse update.pdf

    Northern District General Order: Northern District COVID- General Order.pdf

    Middle District General Order:Middle District COVID-Visitor restrictions.pdf

    Southern District General Order: Southern District COVID- General Order.pdf

  • 15 Mar 2020 7:33 PM | Melanie Burgett (Administrator)

    6th Judicial Circuit

    Tuscaloosa County, Alabama

    Administrative Order

    Guidelines for Court Operations

    Effective March 16, 2020 to April 16, 2020

    Please click to read order

    Administrative Order-1.pdf

    Supreme Court Order- Supreme Court COV-19 order.pdf

  • 14 Mar 2020 3:05 PM | Melanie Burgett (Administrator)

    Please click the link toread the full Order from the Supreme Court regarding a limitations on person to person hearings for all courts beginning Monday , March 16 , 2020 through Thursday , April 16 , 2020 , subject to the exceptions listed in the order.

    Supreme Court COV-19 order.pdf

    If you have questions about scheduling, including whether your case falls under one of the exceptions listed in the Supreme Court’s Order, please contact the Judge’s office.

  • 17 Oct 2019 11:17 AM | Melanie Burgett (Administrator)

    Attached below is the RFP for Legal Services and submissions are due by 4:00 p.m. (CST) on October 30, 2019.

    click here: RFP-Legal Services.pdf

  • 16 Dec 2016 7:34 AM | Melanie Burgett (Administrator)


    January 19, 2017- Monthly Legal Clinic Resumes 2:30 p.m.- Volunteers Needed!

    February 23, 2017- Quarterly Bar Lunch at The Levee at Noon

    February 16, 2017- Monthly Legal Clinic- 2:30 p.m.- We need volunteers!

    Feb. 24, 2017- Juvenile 1st Quarter CLE- 1:30 p.m.- Tusc. Co. Extension Office

    March 16, 2017-  Monthly Legal Clinic- 2:30 p.m.- We need volunteers!

    April 20, 2017-    Monthly Legal Clinic- 2:30 p.m.-  We need volunteers!

    April 28, 2017-    Law Day CLE at First Methodist Church- 9:00 a.m.

    May 12, 2017-     Juvenile 1st Quarter CLE- 1:30 p.m.- Tusc. Co. Extension Office

    May 18, 2017-     Monthly Legal Clinic- 2:30 p.m.- We need volunteers!

    June 8, 2017-       Annual Meeting at Hotel Capstone at Noon

    Sept. 8, 2017-       Juvenile 3rd Quarter CLE- 1:30 p.m. Tusc. Co. Extension Office

    Nov. 3, 2017-        Juvenile 4th Quarter CLE- 1:30 p.m. Tusc. Co. Extension Office

  • 30 Nov 2016 10:15 AM | Melanie Burgett (Administrator)

    The Juvenile Committee now has dates for our quarterly CLE programs in 2017.  They are:

     Friday, Feb. 24, 2017

    Friday, May 12, 2017

    Friday, Sept. 8, 2017

    Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

     All will be from 1:30 – 4:30 at the County Extension Office auditorium.  $1 at the door, no need to preregister.  Contact Gar Blume via e-mail to if you have any questions.

  • 27 Feb 2015 3:56 PM | Melanie Burgett (Administrator)

    Attached is the current list of pre-filed bills as of this morning around 10am.

    Bills will be added late today and on Monday, and we will update.

    AL House Prefiled bills as of 22715.pdf

    AL Senate Prefiled bill report as of 22715.pdf

  • 23 Jun 2014 1:25 PM | Melanie Burgett (Administrator)
    6-17-14 Grievance Committee Appointment and Term List 


  • 19 Jun 2014 6:57 PM | Melanie Burgett (Administrator)

    On behalf of our local bar, I am pleased to announce that our current President, Jeff Smith, has been chosen by the Alabama State Bar Pro Bono and Public Service Committee to receive the 2014 Alabama State Bar Albert Vreeland Pro Bono Award in recognition of his outstanding work and service to pro bono efforts and access to justice in Alabama.   He will receive the award at the state bar annual meeting in Sandestin on July 10.


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