Alabama Federal Courts
Alabama federal courts are similar to those in both Georgia and Florida in many ways. One similarity is that Alabama, like both Georgia and Florida, has three distinct federal “Districts.” Just like those other two states, the federal courts in Alabama are divided into a Northern District, a Middle District, and a Southern District.
The home of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama is in Birmingham. There are also six other places where federal cases can be brought in the Northern District of Alabama: Anniston, Decatur, Florence, Gadsden, Huntsville and Tuscaloosa. Cases in some of these Divisions are heard less frequently than in Birmingham, where most of the federal judges in the Northern District sit on a regular basis.
The United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama has court in three different cities: Montgomery, Opelika and Dothan. Most of our cases in the Middle District have taken us to the federal courthouse in Montgomery.
Mobile is the main place where federal cases are brought in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama. A smaller number of cases are handled in the Selma federal courthouse.
The three federal judicial Districts in Alabama in many ways mirror the three Districts for the federal courts in Georgia. The Northern District of Alabama is similar to the Northern District in Georgia, with mountainous areas up north and a large metropolitan area, such as Birmingham or Atlanta, anchoring the District further to the South. Just like in Georgia, the Middle and Southern federal judicial Districts in Alabama are larger and contain more dispersed areas. Just as with the more rural federal judicial Districts in Georgia, the Judges in the Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama do not sit on a regular basis in each city where there is a federal court. The judges instead schedule regular court sessions where all federal cases will be heard during a certain period of time.
One of our lawyers clerked for a federal judge in Alabama, so we are very familiar with both the practice and people in the federal courts in Alabama. Also, both Paul and Carl travel to Alabama regularly to lecture at seminars pertaining to federal criminal law. Additionally, we have handled cases with very accomplished attorneys who are based in Alabama. We often consult with potential clients who are both in Alabama, and who are from other locations but who face federal criminal charges in one of the federal district courts Alabama. Because we are well-versed in the law and procedures involving the defense of a federal criminal matter, we feel quite comfortable going to any of the three federal judicial Districts in Alabama if that is where our client needs us to be. If you have a case or a potential matter in one of the federal courts in Alabama, please contact us. Feel free to call us today at (404) 588-3991, or contact us online to schedule an appointment for a consultation.