Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals
|Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals|
|Method:||Partisan election of judges|
The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals is one of two intermediate appellate court 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 is composed of five judges, one of whom is elected by the members of the court to serve as presiding judge. The Court of Criminal Appeals hears all appeals of felony and misdemeanor cases, including violations of city ordinances and all post-conviction writs in criminal cases.
The Court of Criminal Appeals hears appeals on cases that have been decided at the Circuit Court level (of which there are 40 in the state). The five judges that sit on the Court of Criminal Appeals hears all criminal appeals including felony cases, convictions involving misdemeanors, and violations of multiple ordinances.
The court's judges
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.
|Judge Samuel Henry Welch||2007-2018|
|Judge Mary Windom||2009-1/17/2021|
|Judge J. Elizabeth Kellum||2009-2014|
|Judge J. Michael Joiner||2011-2018||Gov. Robert Bentley|
|Judge Liles Burke||2011-2018||Gov. Robert Bentley|
Former Court of Criminal Appeals judges
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.
| • Appeals court tosses murder conviction of man who threw children off bridge||Click for summary→|
|The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals threw out the 2009 death sentence for Lam Luong, who was convicted of killing four small children and throwing them off a bridge. The court remanded the case for a new trial after determining that the surrounding publicity made a fair trial in Mobile, where the crime took place, impossible.
The court explained that Luong's attorneys should have been allowed to question the jurors about their knowledge of the case prior to the trial. Additionally, the court ruled that the trial judge should have allowed a video to be presented to the jury in which a police officer simulated the crime by dropping four sandbags off of the bridge. The trial judge also erred, the court stated, in refusing $7,500 to the defense team to travel to Vietnam, from which Luong had immigrated, to investigate his childhood.
- May vary for chief judge
- Alabama Judicial System, "Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals"
- League of Women Voters of Alabama, "Courts and Judicial Selection"
- The Province, "Alabama appeals court throws out conviction of man tried for throwing 4 children off bridge," February 16, 2013
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- AL.com, "Appeals court overturns Lam Luong's conviction, death sentence in Dauphin Island bridge deaths," February 16, 2013
|Court of Civil Appeals Judges|
|Court of Criminal Appeals Judges||Samuel Henry Welch • Mary Windom • J. Elizabeth Kellum • J. Michael Joiner • Liles Burke •|