Cullman County - 32nd Judicial Circuit of Alabama

                             Court Postponements and Transition to Virtual Court Hearings

The latest weekly report received from Cullman Regional Medical Center indicates that their ICU is now operating at over 100% capacity and the hospital currently has 83 patients who are COVID-19 positive, 21 of whom are currently on ventilators. Further, the number of COVID-19 cases in our area is expected to increase even more during the next few weeks due to Christmas and New Year’s Eve family gatherings. While CRMC has managed to respond admirably to recent challenges and is currently able to provide care for all COVID-19 patients, the potential shortage of critical care beds and nurses at our local hospital is a cause for concern, if numbers continue to increase.

To help slow the spread of COVID-19 within our community, a decision has been made by Cullman County circuit and district judges to postpone some non-essential in-person judicial proceedings and to utilize video conferencing to conduct virtual court proceedings, where feasible. The civil non-jury cases set before Judge Nicholas and Judge Williams for January 5, 2021 will be virtual court hearings only, so parties and witnesses will not need to appear in person and will be provided information regarding how to participate in virtual court trials. District Judge Chad Floyd has also postponed his traffic court docket set for January 6, 2021. Those cases have been reset for March 3, 2021. In addition, jury trials currently scheduled for January 25, 2021 have been postponed until February, when hopefully local conditions have improved, and jury trials can be resumed.

Despite the changes, Cullman Circuit and District courts will remain open and motions may still be filed in all cases either electronically or directly through the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. Virtual court hearings will be held for the remainder of January as a substitute for in-person proceedings, where feasible. In cases where it is necessary to provide immediate relief in emergency circumstances and for all court proceedings deemed so essential that a postponement is not appropriate, in-person judicial proceedings will be held utilizing previously adopted COVID-19 safety measures. Thanks for your understanding and for your cooperation as judges make necessary adjustments to court calendars to keep our local courts open to serve the public.

                                                                                         Sincerely,

                                                                                         Greg Nicholas, Presiding Court Judge

                                                                                        

 

 

 

Welcome to the official court website for the state courts of the 32nd Judicial Circuit, which includes all of Cullman County, Alabama.  The judiciary is an independent and coequal branch of our state government, committed to preserving the rights of all individuals regardless of race, religion, gender, age or affiliation.  Our mission is to provide a fair and neutral forum for the peaceful settlement of civil disputes and for the impartial resolution of criminal cases according to the rule of law.

For many people, coming to court can be a confusing and at times even a somewhat frightening experience. This site is intended to better serve the people of Cullman County by providing useful information about your court system. Here, you will hopefully find information that will help answer some of your basic questions. However, this site is not intended to provide legal advice of any type.

To use this site with a computer, simply place your cursor over the tabs located on the left side of your screen and click on the particular subject you would like more information about. In some cases you may be transported from this site to a related webpage by clicking on a hyperlink. When using a smart phone or tablet to access this website, your screen may have a different look and you will need to click on a navigation bar to open the various subject matter tabs.

Most trial court documents filed with the Circuit Court Clerk are accessible to the general public online through Just One Look™. In addition, fines and traffic tickets can now be paid by credit or debit card through AlaPay by providing the requested information on their site.

We sincerely hope that you find our site to be helpful and informational. Should you have any comments or perhaps you were unable to find information you feel should be included on our site, please contact the Clerk's Office at (256)775-4654. Additional legal and court related information, forms, support, and services are available at www.alacourt.gov.

This website is being provided merely for the purpose of providing instructions as to the procedures of this office and in no way should be construed as advice as to laws. The law prohibits the Circuit Clerk from giving legal advice. If you need legal assistance, you should see an attorney.

Cullman County Courthouse | 500 2nd Ave SW | Cullman, AL 35055

Phone: (256) 775-4660, (256) 775-4654 | Hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (closed 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm), M-F