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Written Opinions

As of April 2005, and pursuant to the written opinions requirement of the EGovernment Act of 2002, all court documents designated as "written opinions", which set forth a reasoned explanation for the court's decision, should be available on-line without charge. This change is not retroactive. Orders entered prior to April 16 that may otherwise be considered “written opinions” will not be tagged and current PACER fees for those documents will remain in effect. PACER fees will also remain in effect for all other documents.

Judges and Courtrooms

The Alabama Middle District has two types of judges.

United States District Court judges (known as Article III Judges, or District Judges) are nominated by the President and confirmed by the United States Senate, as stated in the Constitution. Article III of the Constitution also states that these judicial officers are appointed for a life term.

Judicial Disclosure

The Judicial Conference Policy on Judges' Attendance at Privately Funded Educational Programs requires educational program providers and judges to disclose certain information relevant to judges' attendance at privately-funded educational programs.

As of January 1, 2007, if an organization covered by the policy issues an invitation to a federal judge to attend an educational program as a speaker, panelist, or attendee and offers to pay for or reimburse that judge in an amount more than $305, the organization must disclose financial and program information.

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