Alabama

Effective Date: 1989; rescinded April 10, 1995
State:
Alabama
Court Type: Appellate
Implementing Authority: Supreme Court Order
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards: The Court of Civil Appeals and the Court of Criminal Appeals:
(filing of the notice of appeal to resolution)
75% within 290 days
95% within 365 days  

Supreme Court:
(filing to resolution)
50% within 290 days
90% within 365 days
  Alabama Standards Relating to Relay Reduction
Order of the Supreme Court Adopting Appellate Time Standards

Effective Date: October 1, 1990; revised 1997
State:
Alabama
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Civil
Implementing Authority: Supreme Court Order
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards: Circuit:
(filing to disposition)
90% within 18 months
95% within 24 months
100% within 30 months  

District:

(filing to disposition)
95% within 10 months
100% within 15 months  

Small Claims:

(filing to disposition)
95% within 8 months
100% within 12 months
 

Effective Date: October 1, 1990; revised 1997
State:
Alabama
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Criminal
Implementing Authority: Supreme Court Order
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards: Circuit:

Capital:
(arrest to disposition)
90% within 9 months
100% within 12 months

Felony:
(filing to disposition)
90% within 9 months
100% within 12 months

Other:
(filing to disposition)
90% within 9 months
100% within 12 months

District:

Traffic and Misdemeanors:
(filing to disposition)
95% within 4 months
100% within 6 months
 

Effective Date: October 1, 1990; revised 1997
State:
Alabama
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Domestic
Implementing Authority: Supreme Court Order
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards: General:
(filing to disposition)
90% within 6 months
98% within 12 months
100% within 18 months
 

Effective Date: October 1, 1990; revised 1997
State:
Alabama
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Juvenile
Implementing Authority: Supreme Court Order
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards: General:
(petition date to disposition)
80% within 4 months
100% within 9 months
 

Monitoring Information: Alabama documents court performance relevant to time standards by producing computer-generated reports with information compiled at both local and statewide levels.

The time standards themselves are public information; however, only the individual judge, his/her presiding judge, the chief justice, and the state court administrator receive performance information in the form of case management reports/summaries providing caseload statistics. The reports/summaries are reviewed monthly and semiannually.
Notes: Time standards apply to all cases. However, no punitive action is taken against a judge if the standards are exceeded.

Alabama considers the most useful measure of court timeliness to be % of cases resolved within a specified number of days or months (trial courts) and percentage of cases resolved within existing time standards (appellate courts).