07.31.2014 -- BEWARE OF JURY DUTY SCAMS: Citizens in the District of Alabama are receiving various forms of false communication (scams) by phone or email. A recent scam involves jury forms with official-looking bar codes sent by email that ask for personal information such as social security numbers and mother's maiden name. For more information about jury scams, click here.
06.24.2014 -- Lawyer Reviewing Jurors Internet Presence: The American Bar Association released Formal Opinion 466 on April 24, 2014, which provided guidance on the review of juror's internet presence. Opinion 466 explores Juror Internet Presence, Trial Management and Jury Instructions, and the Review of a Juror's Internet Presence. Click here for Opinion 466. This ABA opinion should be considered in conjunction with the provisions of Rule 47.1 of the Local Rules for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama which reviews Juror Information, Questionnaires and Conduct. For local rule 47.1 click here.
2.27.2014 -- Standing Order - Text Orders in Civil/Criminal Cases: The Clerk's office, upon directive of the Court, may grant or deny routine motions by a TEXT-ONLY ORDER entry upon the docket. Click here for full order.
11.21.2013 -- New Fee Schedule Effective December 1, 2013: Click here for Fee Schedule.
11.1.2013 -- Order of Appointment as United States Bankruptcy Judge: Pursuant to Title 28, United States Code, § 152, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit hereby appoints Dwight H. Williams, Jr. as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Alabama for a term of fourteen years. Click here for full announcement.
10.25.2013 -- **New** CM/ECF Mobile Query Feature: The mobile query interface offers a simplified user experience optimized for display on mobile devices. A link has been provided at the bottom of this page and at the bottom of the site map. Click here for more.
09.23.2013 -- Temporary Suspension of CJA Panel Attorney Payments: As of September 17, 2013, all CJA panel attorney payments will be suspended and deferred until funding becomes available in fiscal year 2014. Assuming the continuation of government operations, the remaining 10 days of CJA panel attorney payments will be paid in full the week of October 1, 2013. The attached provides additional information. Click here for full notice.
08.26.2013 -- NOTICE: $15 Reduction in the CJA Panel Attorney Hourly Rates: At its August 15-16, 2013, meeting, the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States determined that it is necessary to implement a temporary emergency $15 reduction in the hourly rates of compensation for Criminal Justice Act (CJA) “panel” attorneys. Click here for full notice.
05.21.2013 -- Order of Appointment as United States Bankruptcy Judge: Pursuant to Title 28, United States Code, § 152, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit hereby appoints William R. Sawyer as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Alabama for a term of fourteen years. Click here for full announcement.
04.09.2013 -- Update to U.S. District Courts Fee Schedule: NEW Administrative fee for filing a civil action, suit or proceeding in District Court effective 5/1/2013 (NOTE: Does not apply to persons granted in forma pauperis status under 28 USC § 1915). Click here for the Middle District of Alabama's fee schedule.
09.20.2012 -- Standing Order on Sentencing and Presentence Report Deadlines: It is the policy of this district that sentencing hearings in all felony cases occur not less than ninety (90) days from the date of guilty verdict or guilty plea.. Click here for full order.
08.24.2012 -- Reappointment of Bankruptcy Judge William R. Sawyer: The current 14-year term of office of The Honorable William R. Sawyer, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Alabama at Montgomery, is due to expire on 23 May 2013. Click here for full announcement.
08.17.2012 -- Proposed Amendments Published For Public Comment: The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Criminal, and Evidence Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules and forms, and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment. Click here for full announcement.
03.16.2012 -- PACER Fee Increase: Fees wil be increased from $0.08 to $0.10 per page starting April 1, 2012. Click here for full announcement.
11.16.2011 -- Conference Approves Fee Increase: In September 2011, the Judicial Conference of the United States authorized an increase in the Judiciary's electronic public access fee in response to increasing costs for maintaining and enhancing the electronic public access system. Click here for full announcement.
11.04.2011 -- Attorney Admission Fee Increase effective November 11, 2011: Pursuant to the amendment of September 2011 by the Judicial Conferenceto the District Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule promulgated under 28 U.S.C. §1914 to increase the fee for attorney admission from $150.00 to $176.00. Click here for full announcement.
05.17.2011 -- Press Release: The United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama announces that, effective May 17, 2011, District Judge Mark E. Fuller of Enterprise has completed his term as Chief Judge, and that District Judge W. Keith Watkins of Troy has assumed the Chief Judge position. Click here for full announcement.
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