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Courthouse Information

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama is one of Alabama’s three judicial districts. The Alabama Middle District covers 23 counties in the central and southeastern parts of the state, and these 23 counties are further segmented into three divisions.

A courthouse is located in each division. The courthouse chosen for a court session depends on a number of factors, including the defendant’s place of residence or the number of defendants. The location may also be selected based on where the incident occurred.

Montgomery

Home to the Frank M. Johnson, Jr. U.S. Courthouse Complex, Montgomery is the seat of the ALMD Northern Division. The following counties are included in this division: Autauga, Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Chilton, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Elmore, Lowndes, Montgomery, and Pike.

The Montgomery Courthouse houses the Office of the Clerk for the Alabama Middle District. It is staffed daily, and open Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm, except on legal holidays.

All pleadings and mail should only be sent to this location. Only the Montgomery location is staffed daily. For more information about these facilities, and what you can expect when you arrive, read through our Participating in Court section.

Parking: There is no free parking at the Montgomery Courthouse. (Jurors will have received detailed instructions regarding parking.) All other visitors must be prepared to pay for parking at private parking lots, or at city meters (loose change only) for street parking.

Arrival Info: Remember to account for the extra time it will take to go through the security screening process upon entering the building.  The Montgomery Courthouse has two entrances, and both have access ramps; you may enter the building on Lee Street or on Church Street. The Lee Street entrance is most convenient for those coming to Courtroom 2FMJ; all other courtrooms are more conveniently accessed by using the Church Street entrance.

Please remember the following:

  • A photo identification is required and must be presented upon arrival.
  • Cell phones are not allowed in the building. Please leave them in your car. (See 41 CFR 102, 74.385 Sub Part C) 
  • You will need to check in, and when you leave, please remember to check out.
  • All visitors and their belongings will be scanned (x-ray and metal detectors) before entry into the Courthouse.
  • Weapons or other dangerous or illegal items are not allowed on the grounds or in the building.
  • Visitors are welcome to bring backpacks and other bags but must keep belongings with them at all times.

Dothan

The Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse is in Dothan, Alabama, at 100 West Troy Street. The Dothan Courthouse -- home to the Southern Division -- is not staffed daily. Do not mail pleadings or correspondence to this facility.

Having historically been both a courthouse and a post office, the Dothan Courthouse continues now to serve as the host to trials and proceedings in the Southern Division of the ALMD. When court is in session, the building opens at 8:00am. The following counties are included in the Southern Division: Coffee, Dale, Geneva, Henry, and  Houston.

Parking: There are three parking facilities located near the Dothan Courthouse:

  1. At the Civic Center (which is approximately one and one-half blocks away);
  2. Directly across the street; and
  3. Approximately three blocks from the courthouse.

Arrival Info: The building is only open when court is in session. Entry into the building is on West Troy Street.

Please remember the following:

  • A photo identification is required and must be presented upon arrival.
  • Cell phones are not allowed in the building. Please leave them in your car. (See 41 CFR 102, 74.385 Sub Part C) 
  • You will need to check in, and when you leave, please remember to check out.
  • All visitors and their belongings will be scanned (x-ray and metal detectors) before entry into the Courthouse.
  • Weapons or other dangerous or illegal items are not allowed on the grounds or in the building.
  • Visitors are welcome to bring backpacks and other bags but must keep belongings with them at all times.

Opelika

The G.W. Andrews Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse is in Opelika, Alabama. The seat of the Eastern Division, it is located at 701 Avenue A, and is not staffed daily. Do not mail pleadings or correspondence to this facility. When court is in session, the building opens at 8:00am.

The following counties are included in the Eastern Division: Chambers, Lee, Macon, Randolph, Russell, and Tallapoosa.

Parking: There is no free parking at the Opelika courthouse. (Jurors will have received detailed instructions regarding parking.) All visitors must use the parking facilities provided by the city.

Arrival Info: The building is only open when court is in session.

Please remember the following:

  • A photo identification is required and must be presented upon arrival.
  • Cell phones are not allowed in the building. Please leave them in your car. (See 41 CFR 102, 74.385 Sub Part C) 
  • You will need to check in, and when you leave, please remember to check out.
  • All visitors and their belongings will be scanned (x-ray and metal detectors) before entry into the Courthouse.
  • Weapons or other dangerous or illegal items are not allowed on the grounds or in the building.
  • Visitors are welcome to bring backpacks and other bags but must keep belongings with them at all times.