Alabama Court of Civil Appeals

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Alabama Court of Civil Appeals
Court information
Judges:   5
Founded:   1969
Salary:   $159-199k[1]
Judicial selection
Method:   Partisan election of judges
Term:   6 years

The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals is one of two intermediate appellate courts in the Alabama judicial system. The court was established in 1969 when what had been one unitary state Court of Appeals was broken into a criminal appeals court and a civil appeals court. The unified Court of Appeals had been operative since 1911.

The Court of Civil Appeals hears civil matters, including those related to domestic situations such as divorce, adoptions, child custody, etc. They will rule on cases appealed from certain state administrative agencies, such as worker's compensation. The Court of Civil Appeals also has jurisdiction in civil appeals where the amount in controversy does not exceed $50,000.

The Court of Civil Appeals has jurisdiction of all appeals from administrative agencies in which a judgment was rendered in the circuit court. The court also exercises jurisdiction over appeals in workmen's compensation cases and domestic relations cases, including annulment, divorce, alimony, child support, adoption, and child custody cases.[2]

Judges of the court

Election of judges

Main article: Judicial selection in Alabama

Judges are elected to the court in partisan elections for six-year terms on the court.

Current judges

The current judges of the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals
JudgeTermAppointed by
Judge William Thompson (Alabama)1997-1/17/2021
Judge Craig Sorrell Pittman2000-2018
Judge Terri Willingham Thomas2007-2018
Judge Terry A. Moore2007-2018
Judge Scott Donaldson1/15/2013-1/17/2021Gov. Robert Bentley


To serve on the court, a person must:

  • Be licensed to practice law in the state of Alabama
  • Have resided in the state for a minimum of one year
  • Be no more than 70 years of age.[3]

See also

External links


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Unopposed  Judge William Thompson (Alabama) (Seat 1)
Unopposed  Judge Scott Donaldson (Seat 2)


CandidateIncumbencyPartyPlacePrimary VoteElection Vote
PittmanCraig Sorrell Pittman   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 198.18%   ApprovedA
ThomasTerri Willingham Thomas   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 298.19%   ApprovedA
MooreTerry A. Moore   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 398.25%   ApprovedA