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Clerk's Services

The Office of the Clerk is here to serve you. We operate as support staff for our judges and as intermediaries for parties in litigation in our district. Our Clerk of Court is Debra P. Hackett, and our Chief Deputy Clerk is Trey Granger.

You may reach us by calling (334) 954-3600, or by visiting us at One Church Street, Montgomery, AL 36104. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm, except on legal holidays. Should you need to file something after hours, and are unable to do so electronically, we have a drop box outside our courthouse on Church Street. You must stamp your pleadings using the meter before you place them in the box. If you fail to do so, they will be stamped the next business day that we're open -- don't miss a deadline because you failed to stamp your pleading.

Please be advised that all pleadings should be sent or brought to the Office of the Clerk. Do not mail your pleadings to our Dothan or Opelika courthouses; they are only open and staffed for trials.

Intake

Our Intake department, the public face of our court, is generally your first stop in our court. Our intake clerks assist with opening your civil actions, help you with the public viewing terminal, accept payments, and provide general client support in many other areas.

CVB/Ticket Payments

The Central Violations Bureau (CVB) is a national center charged with processing violation notices (tickets) issued and payments received for petty offenses committed on federal property. Visit their site to make on-line payments for federal tickets only.

Restitution Payments

There are two types of restitution: individual and joint & several. Individual is solely the responsibility of the one defendant. Joint and several is the responsibility of the one defendant and all the other defendants that are tied by the Judgment as joint and several.

Only a defendant, or the defendant's attorney, can contact the finance department for an unpaid balance on the criminal debt. Also, a defendant can contact the Financial Litigation Unit (aka FLU) at the U. S. Attorney's office for a balance.

We do not accept personal checks for criminal debt, nor will we accept credit/debit cards. We, however, do accept cash, official checks, money orders as payment. A receipt is handed to the person at the counter or if by mail, a receipt is mailed to the address on the money order or envelope.

When restitution is paid in full, the U. S. Attorney's Office will enter a Satisfaction of Judgment in the criminal case.

Case Administration

Our civil docket clerks and courtroom deputies (CRDs) assist with day-to-day civil and criminal case administration, respectively. Both the civil and criminal division clerks perform vital functions – all orders are entered on the docket by them, all pleadings filed by attorneys and pro se litigants are reviewed once they’ve been filed on the record, and any corrections that are necessary are facilitated by the clerks. The courtroom deputies also serve as the administrators in their judges’ courtrooms. Any questions you may have regarding functions in the courtrooms, as in available technology or hearing times, may be directed to the courtroom deputies.

If you have case-specific questions you should contact the clerk assigned to your action; please contact the Office of the Clerk at (334) 954-3600 if you have any further questions.

Finance

The Finance Division manages all monies involved in the operation of the Alabama Middle District. Payments are applied to accounts, fees and fines are processed as needed, and refunds and awarded amounts are disbursed from this division.

Information Technology Staff

Our Information Technology (IT) Staff – previously referred to as our Automation department – handles all software, hardware, and network issues. Should you require training regarding our courtroom technology, the IT Staff will assist you. Please refer to our Training and Technology section for more information.

Court Reporters

Guardianship of the record of courtroom proceedings is a key and historic responsibility of the court. Each court session and proceeding designated by statute, court rule, general order, or by order of an individual judge is recorded verbatim by stenotype or electronic sound recording equipment.

The court reporters and court recorders play a significant role in ensuring the integrity and accuracy of the record. The Alabama Middle District has two court reporters. Please visit our Court Reporters section for more information.

Help Desks

For General Questions please call (334) 954-3600. If you require assistance with the electronic filing system, please call (334) 954-3935. All IT-related questions can be directed to (334) 954-3939.

Visiting the Alabama Middle District

A person who wishes to observe a court in session may check the court calendar online or at the courthouse and watch a proceeding. Our Constitution and court tradition give citizens right of access to court proceedings.

Teachers, businesses, and civic groups should contact the Clerk's Office to set up a visit. Because the court tends to be very busy, please be prepared to allow several weeks of lead time when arranging a visit. For example, our personnel can help teachers select an appropriate date for a class visit and can even find out what cases are on the docket if students wish to observe a court session.