• April 17, 2017 9:42 AM | Anonymous

    (Pictured Morris Lililenthal, Jere Beasley and Doug Martinson, President)

    Jere Beasley of Beasley, Allen spoke at the April Bar Meeting.

  • March 06, 2017 10:18 AM | John Hightower (Administrator)

    Acting Chief Justice Lyn Stewart of the Alabama Supreme Court with President-Elect Derick Simpson and President Doug Martinson at the HMCBA monthly bar meeting on March 1, 2017.

  • August 08, 2016 11:38 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to the 2016 Community Service Award recipient, Mary Ena Heath!

  • August 08, 2016 11:35 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to the 2016 Liberty Bell Award recipient, Dennis Marshall!

  • October 13, 2015 4:05 PM | John Hightower (Administrator)

    For many years, the most up-to-date criminal pattern jury instructions were those issued in 1994 by CLE Alabama. But Alabama’s criminal pattern jury instructions are now being updated—piecemeal. They are not available in book form, but can be accessed on the Alabama Supreme Court’s website.

    You may also find the new criminal pattern jury instructions on the Alabama Law Institute’s website.

    Until all the jury instructions are updated, the 1994 edition may still be a good source for jury instructions not found among the new ones on the supreme court’s website or the Alabama Law Institute’s website. However, it may be wise to research any jury instruction found in the 1994 edition to make sure that it is still good.

    “While most pattern jury instructions may be properly used in the majority of criminal and civil cases, there may be some instances when using those pattern charges would be misleading or erroneous. In those situations, trial courts should deviate from the pattern instructions and give a jury charge that correctly reflects the law to be applied to the circumstances of the case.”

    Ex parte Wood, 715 So.2d 819 (Ala. 1998).

    “’It is the preferred practice to use the pattern jury instructions in a capital case.’ Ex parte Hagood, 777 So.2d 214, 219 (Ala. 1999). However, Alabama courts have not held that a trial court’s failure to follow the pattern instruction in its entirety results in reversible error.”

    Hosch v. State, 155 So.3d 1048 (Ala. Crim. App. 2013).

  • September 30, 2015 10:48 AM | Anonymous
    The Alabama Supreme Court Oral Argument Event held at the VBC Mark C Smith Concert Hall Wednesday, September 23, 2015 was a huge success!!  Over 1000 area high school seniors heard Oral Arguments on HUNTSVILLE-_304660-v1-Summary_of_Schreiner_v__AL.DOCX.  The feedback from the students and community has been very positive.  Overall, they felt the case was very interesting and of course, their Chick Fil A lunch was a big hit!  

    We would like to thank all of the Bar Members who volunteered to usher and serve food.  The committee very much appreciates you taking time out of your day to help this event succeed.

  • August 14, 2015 4:51 PM | John Hightower (Administrator)

    On Wednesday, September 23, 2015, the Alabama Supreme Court will hear a criminal appeal at Huntsville's Von Braun Center in the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall.  The hearing will be an opportunity for local school students to see how government works, especially the judicial branch. Any seats not filled with students will be available to the public on a first come , first served basis.

    The Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association has worked for several years to get the justices to Huntsville.  The hearing will be a criminal appeal from Mobile County about methamphetamine trafficking.

    On Tuesday, September 22, the bar association will hold a reception in honor of the justices at the Elbert H. Parsons Public Law Library, located on the courthouse square.

  • August 14, 2015 4:49 PM | John Hightower (Administrator)
    As of August 4, 2015, Madison County Circuit Clerk Jane C. Smith has asked local attorneys to assist her with service of process made by certified mail.  Ms. Smith cites understaffing and high costs of computer-generated forms for certified mail as the reason for her request.

    When filing civil actions, attorneys have a choice of having the circuit clerk's office send out the certified process or sending out the certified process themselves.  If an attorney asks the clerk's office to send out the process, an attorney must provide the clerk's office with an addressed envelope and completed certified-mail forms.

    Ms. Smith suggests that attorneys' sending out the certified mail themselves will reduce confusion and result in more speedy issuance of process.

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