COVID-19: MASKS REQUIRED FOR COURTHOUSE ENTRY. For information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, please review the recent orders of the Court regarding this national health emergency. Please check this page routinely for future updates that may be forthcoming from the Court. Please click on the links below:
General Order 3910-09 IN RE: Criminal Procedures By Video or Audio Conference. Civil Misc. No. 2:20-mc-03910-ECM, entered September 18, 2020.
General Order 3910-08 IN RE: Criminal Procedures By Video Or Audio Conference. Civil Misc. No. 2:20-mc-03910-ECM, entered June 23, 2020.
General Order 3910-07 IN RE: Use of Face Masks in Courthouses. Civil Misc. No. 2:20-mc-03910-ECM, entered June 16, 2020.
General Order 3910-05 IN RE: Public Access to Video or Teleconference Hearings. Civil Misc. No. 2:20-mc-03910-ECM, entered April 5, 2020.
All media members who wish to request access to the hearings that proceed via video teleconferencing must apply via this media registration link. All general members of the public who wish to request telephone access to these hearings that proceed via video teleconferenceing must apply via this general public registration link. The applicable public access hearings are located on the Broadcast Hearings page.
All participants are reminded of the prohibitions regarding photographing, recording and/or broadcasting of court proceedings. Participants who violate Local Rule 83.4 may face sanctions including contempt of court, removal of court-issued media credentials where applicable, restricted entry to future proceedings, denial of entry to future proceedings, or any other sanctions deemed necessary by the presiding judicial officer.
General Order 3910-04 IN RE: Criminal Proceedings by Video or Audio Conference, Civil Misc. No. 2:20-mc-03910-ECM, entered March 30, 2020.
General Order 3910-03 IN RE: Restrictions on Visitors to the Court and Temporary Suspension of Paper Filing Requirements, Civil Misc. No. 2:20-mc-03910-ECM, entered March 18, 2020.
General Order 3910-02 IN RE: Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19 and Related Coronavirus, Civil Misc. No 2:20-mc-03910-ECM, entered March 17, 2020.
General Order 3910-01 IN RE: Restrictions on Visitors to Courthouse, Civil Misc. No. 2:20-mc-03910-ECM, entered March 11, 2020.
Below are sample forms that can be used as waivers to conduct video teleconferencing of initial appearances, arraignments, and detention hearings.
- Consent to Conduct Arraignment By Video Teleconference
- Waiver of Personal Appearance & Request to Conduct IA by Video Teleconference
- Waiver of Personal Appearance at Detention Hearing
- Waiver of Personal Appearance at Bond Revocation Hearing
- Waiver of Personal Appearance at Arraignment & Entry of Plea of Not Guilty
- Waiver of Peronal Appearance at Preliminary Hearing