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Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals

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Samuel Henry WelchKelli WiseMary WindomJ. Elizabeth KellumJames Allen Main388 × 259 px
Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals judges, from left to right, top row: J. Elizabeth Kellum and James Allen "Jim" Main-(now serving the Alabama Supreme Court) bottom row: Samuel Henry Welch, Kelli Wise-(now serving the Alabama Supreme Court), and Mary Windom; (missing J. Michael Joiner and Liles Burke)
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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.[1]

2012 election

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPlacePrimary VoteElection Vote
JoinerJ. Michael Joiner   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 398.24%   ApprovedA
BurkeLiles Burke   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 298.23%   ApprovedA
WelchSamuel Henry Welch   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 198.22%   ApprovedA

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.

Current judges

Judge Party First elected Term ends
J. Elizabeth Kellum, Place 1. Republican 2008 2014
Mary Windom, Place 2. Republican 2008 2014
Samuel Henry Welch, Place 3. Republican 2006 2012
J. Michael Joiner, Place 4. Republican 2011 2012
Liles Burke, Place 5. 2011 2012


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.[3]

See also

External links


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