A couple of weeks ago we talked about the different courthouses in Tuscaloosa. In most ways, the busiest one is the County Courthouse. There are seven floors, nine courtrooms and four clerks’ offices. It’s also the home of the Offices of the District Attorney and Public Defender.
In this blog, we will talk about knowing where to go based on what your court documents say. We will also list the different offices and courtrooms in the Courthouse.
WHAT IS MY CASE NUMBER?
The easiest way to find out where you need to go is to look at the case number. Below is a list of the different codes in case numbers and what they stand for:
CC – Circuit Criminal (2nd, 3rd, and 7th Floors)
CV – Circuit Civil (2nd, 3rd, and 7th Floors)
DC – District Criminal (6th Floor)
DV – District Civil (6th Floor)
PC – Probate Court (1st Floor)
SM – Small Claims Court (6th Floor)
TR – Traffic Court (6th Floor)
JU – This is for the juvenile court, which is located on 6001 12th Ave. E. Tuscaloosa, AL 35405.
MC – This is the Municipal Court next to the parking lot of Moes’ Barbecue downtown. Address: 2122 6th St. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.
WHO IS MY JUDGE?
Sometimes, a document will have the initials of the Judge following the case number. Here is a list of the judges initials and where their courtrooms are.
AWM – Judge May, (2nd Floor)
DES – Judge Steverson, (5th Floor)
DFP – Judge Pruet, (7th Floor)
ECH – Judge Hamner, (5th Floor)
JEG – Judge Gentry, (6th Floor)
JHR – Judge Roberts, (3rd Floor)
JMJ – Judge Jannik, (6th Floor)
MBA – Judge Almond, (7th Floor)
OFFICES AND COURTROOMS IN THE TUSCALOOSA COUNTY COURTHOUSE:
Circuit Court Clerk Civil Division – 2nd Floor, Left out the elevator
Circuit Court Clerk Criminal Division – 2nd Floor, Right out the elevator
Circuit Court Clerk Domestic Relations Division – 2nd Floor, Right out the elevator
District Attorney’s Office – 4th Floor out the elevator
District Court Clerk Civil Division – 6th Floor, Left out the elevator
District Court Clerk Criminal Division – 6th Floor, Left out the elevator
Judge Almond’s Courtroom – 2nd Floor, Right out the elevator
Judge Hamner’s Courtroom – 5th Floor, Right out the elevator
Judge May’s Courtroom – 2nd Floor, Left out the elevator
Judge Pruet’s Courtroom – 7th Floor, Right out the elevator
Judge Roberts’ Courtroom – 3rd Floor, Right out the elevator
Judge Robertson’s Courtroom – 1st Floor, Left coming in the front door
Judge Steverson’s Courtroom – 5th Floor, Right out the elevator
Probate Court – 1st Floor, Left coming in the front door out the elevator
Public Defender’s Office –5th Floor, left out the elevator
Recording Office – 1st Floor, left coming in the front door
Tax Assessor’s Office – 1st Floor, right coming in the front door
If you're not sure where to go, don't worry. The Courthouse is full of friendly people who can send you in the right direction. The important thing is to show up on time. If you're not sure when or where court is, use the information provided above and the courthouse directory to contact someone who can help.
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