02.04.2015 -- NEW GUIDELINES TO CIVIL DISCOVERY RELEASED: The 2015 updates to the Guidelines to Civil Discovery Practice in the Middle District of Alabama contain many organizational and stylistic changes. The updates also incorporate substantive changes made by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Substantive changes specific to the Middle District have been made to address common issues and concerns.Click HERE for the full document
01.15.2015 -- MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON US COURTS SITE:
Click the following link to read the article. Court's Legacy Intertwined With Martin Luther King Jr.'s
01.14.2015 -- IMPLEMENTATION OF HOURLY RATE AND CASE MAXIMUM INCREASES FOR
CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT PANEL ATTORNEYS:
The Judiciary's Defender Services account received sufficient fiscal year 2015 funding in the "Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015" to increase the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel attorney hourly rates from $126 to $127 for non-capital work and from $180 to $181 for capital work performed on or after January 1, 2015. Where the appointment of counsel occurred before this effective date, the new compensation rates apply to that portion of services provided on or after January 1, 2015.
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.
11.1.2013 -- 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 -- 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.
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