Coronavirus Updates and Closures

Please see Presiding Judge Elisabeth French’s August 12, 2020 Administrative Order on courtroom/courthouse procedures effective August 17, 2020, available here: Administrative Order 2020-047.

Presiding Judge Elisabeth French has issued an Administrative Order, of July 10, 2020, extending the suspension of non-emergency in person hearings until August 15, 2020.  Read the full Administrative Order here.

Please see Presiding Judge Elisabeth French’s June 11, 2020 Administrative Order regarding judicial proceedings, which can be found at this link.

The Tenth Judicial Circuit has entered Administrative Order AO-2020-032, extending the suspension of non-emergency in-person hearings to June 15, 2020.  Read the full .pdf Order here.

rev. 5/15/2020

The Alabama Supreme Court has issued an Administrative Order suspending jury trials until September 14, 2020 and continuing their prior Orders.  The .pdf version is available here.

rev. 5/14/2020

The Alabama Supreme Court released an Administrative Order extending prior Orders to May 15th, 2020. Click here for the .pdf document.

rev. 5/1/2020

Please click here to see the Safer at Home Order issued today by Governor Kay Ivey.

Click here for a one-page FAQ regarding the Safer at Home Order.

rev. 4/28/2020

Please see this Administrative Order (click here for .pdf version) issued by Judge Elisabeth French setting forth rules and guidelines for virtual court proceedings.

Also see this memorandum (click here for .pdf version) from the Alabama Administrative Office of Courts regarding the security of virtual courtrooms.

rev. 4/25/2020

Please see the Administrative Order (click here for .pdf version) from the Presiding Judge of the 10th Judicial Circuit suspending jury trials for the weeks of April 20, May 4, and May 20, 2020 for the Birmingham Division and May 4, May 11, and May 20, 2020 for the Bessemer Division of Jefferson County.

rev. 4/13/2020

The Alabama Supreme Court has issued an Order extending their previous Orders through April 30, 2020.  Click here for a .pdf of the full Order.

rev. 4/2/2020

The Jefferson County Commission made an emergency resolution on 3/31/2020 continuing the closing of all Jefferson County Courthouses through April 30, 2020.  Download the .pdf announcement here.

rev. 4/1/2020

In person proceedings in the Alabama Courts are suspended from March 16, 2020 to April 16, 2020 subject to the Supreme Court of Alabama’s Administrative Order (download here as .pdf). Please refer to it for exceptions, closings, hearings, and full details.

Please see Administrative Order 2020-026 COVID-19 Emergency Pandemic Response (click here for .pdf document) issued March 25th, 2020 by the Honorable Elisabeth French, Presiding Circuit Judge of the 10th Judicial Circuit. The Jefferson County Courts Emergency Response Plan (click here for .pdf document) is also available.
Revised 3/26/2020

Special Number for Probationers and Parolees

The Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles has set up a special toll-free number for probationers to call to get information about reporting requirements during the coronavirus pandemic. There are more than 20,000 people under parole and probation supervision in Alabama. For more information on probation and supervision over the next few weeks, parolees and probationers should call 1-800-269-5081. They can also email
Revised 3/17/2020

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