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Courts

Circuit Court Jurisdiction

Alabama’s trial courts of general jurisdiction are the Circuit Courts. This court hears all civil matters where the amount in controversy exceeds $10,000, all criminal prosecutions involving felony offenses and family court matters. The Circuit Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the District Court and in all civil matters where the amount in controversy exceeds $6,000 but does not exceed $10,000, exclusive of interest and costs. Additionally, the Circuit Courts exercise appellate jurisdiction over cases appealed from the District Courts, Probate Court, Baldwin County’s Municipal Courts and certain administrative and municipal Boards.

Questions for District Appeals: contact Lori Phillips - (251) 937-0294

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Judges

Honorable Carmen E. Bosch

Presiding Circuit Judge

District Court Jurisdiction

Alabama's District Courts, generally, have original jurisdiction over criminal misdemeanors, hold preliminary hearings in felony prosecutions, and can receive guilty pleas in felony cases not punishable by death. The two District Judges exercise concurrent jurisdiction with the Circuit Courts in juvenile matters and in civil actions where the amount in controversy does not exceed $10,000; furthermore, the District Judges have exclusive jurisdiction over all civil actions where the amount in controversy, exclusive of interest and costs, does not exceed $6,000, which are considered "small claims" cases.

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Judges

Honorable Michelle Thomason

Presiding District Judge