THE 22nd JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF ALABAMA
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- Helpful Links | 22nd Judicial Circuit of Alabama - Covington County
Helpful Links Alabama Administrative Office of Courts The Alabama Administrative Office of Courts website can be viewed here . Alabama Code The Code of Alabama can be accessed here . Alabama State B ar The Alabama Stat e Bar's website may be accessed here . C ov ington Cou nty Probat e Cou rt The Prob ate Court's website may be accessed here . C ovington County Clerk's Office The Circuit Clerk' s website may be accessed here . District Attorney's Office The Covington County District Attorney Office Facebook page can be accessed here . Forms The Alab ama Administrative Office of Court's E-Forms can be accessed here . Legal Se rvices For assistance in legal matters, Legal Services Alabama is available to help. You may access their website here . Alabama Access to Justice | Representing Yourself (alabamaatj.org). You may access their website here . Municipal Courts Andalusia Municipal Court Florala Municipal Court Gantt Municipal Court Lockhart Municipal Court Opp Municipal Court Red Level Municipal Court River Falls Municipal Court
- Resources | 22nd Judicial Circuit of Alabama - Covington County
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- Home | 22nd Judicial Circuit of Alabama - Covington County
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- Calendar | 22nd Judicial Circuit of Alabama - Covington County
Calendar To view the annual calendar (January 2023 thru December 2023), click here. Below, you will find that the Circuit Calendar reflects when the Courthouse is closed and holidays are observed.
- FAQs | 22nd Judicial Circuit of Alabama - Covington County
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- Jury Services | 22nd Judicial Circuit of Alabama - Covington County
Jury Service You have been randomly selected from either Voter Registration records or Motor Vehicle Administration records to serve as a juror in the Circuit Court for Covington County. If you believe you are ineligible to serve as a juror, or unable to serve this term, please call the phone number on the summons you received. A court representative will give you instructions. Most of those selected will serve as Trial Jurors. The term of service for Trial Jurors is usually one week. If a juror reports to the courthouse and is not selected for a trial, that juror will be on call for one week. The length of trials vary, but the current average is two to three days. DO NOT REPORT FOR JURY DUTY IF YOU HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AND ARE REQUIRED TO BE IN QUARANTINE OR HAVE BEEN IN CLOSE-CONTACT WITH A PERSON WHO HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. The Importance of Your Service: Trial by jury is the foundation of the American judicial system. In a civil case, it is the duty of a jury to decide issues of fact in disputes over matters such as property rights, contract rights and damages for personal injury. In a criminal case, it is the individuals who serve on juries that the parties rely upon for the protection of life, liberty and property. The performance of jury service is the fulfillment of a civic obligation. Our system of justice will not work without your participation. The most important function of a juror is to listen to all evidence presented at trial, and to decide the facts of the case. The Judge is there to determine the legal aspects of the case and to keep the trial moving forward. The Jury Selection Process: The names of potential jurors are selected at random from driver and voter registration records. Covington County jurors must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Covington County. Your summons will indicate whether you have been called to serve on Grand Jury or Trial Jury duty. Grand Jurors usually serve for one week. Grand Jury cases are criminal in nature, and require jurors to determine if there is enough evidence to charge a defendant and bring him or her to trial. Although rare, grand jurors are subject to being recalled to duty if necessary. That period of recall lasts until the next grand jury is sworn in. Jurors summoned to serve on Trial Jury duty in Covington County are on call for one week. That does not mean that a juror will be in court every day. The first morning of Jury Duty serves as a brief orientation. The judge will determine eligibility and qualifications of the prospective jurors and excuse those who cannot serve. At this point, Jurors are asked to do one of the most difficult parts of Jury Duty - wait. Many court proceedings cannot be held without jurors, which is why a pool of potential jurors must be assembled and ready before the court starts its day. However, once assembled a variety of things can occur which can mean delays, (e.g. settlement efforts between parties). After the jurors are all qualified, the judge will call a specific case to try. All jurors will take an oath to answer all questions truthfully, and the Judge will explain the case. At this point, jurors will be questioned by the Judge and the attorneys during the voir dire process. The purpose of voir dire is for the judge and attorneys to make sure you have no prior knowledge of the case, and that you have no personal interest or feelings that could impact your ability to be impartial. These questions are not intended to embarrass jurors - but are essential when selecting an impartial jury which will be best suited to rendering an unbiased decision. Some jurors may never be called for a case. This is especially true should all cases scheduled for a given day end in settlement. Taking a matter to court is a measure of last resort, and the court encourages parties to settle their own differences. Should all cases for a given day settle, jurors will be excused. Other Useful Information: Jurors should wear comfortable but conservative clothing. Any concerns regarding what clothing is appropriate should be referred to the Administrative Order detailing Dress Code . In the event a potential juror is unable to serve, there are two avenues that should be followed to be excused from jury service. The first option is to call and speak with a Judicial Assistant and explain the conflict or circumstances that prevent the ability to serve. The phone number can be found on your jury summons. The second option is to report to jury duty on the Monday that is designated and explain to the Judge the conflict and/or concerns of fulfilling the service. Thank you in advance for your service. Charles A. Short Circuit Judge, Place 1 Benjamin M. Bowden Circuit Judge, Place 2
- Contact | 22nd Judicial Circuit of Alabama - Covington County
Contact ONLINE CONTACT FORM: For any inquiries, please call, email, or complete the online contact form to the right. COURT ADDRESS: 1 N Court Square Andalusia, AL 36420 PHONE NUMBERS: Circuit Court: 334.428.2576 or 334.428.2581 District Court: 334:428.2571 Map and Directions Send Success! Your message was sent to the court. We will review your message and get back with you as soon as possible.
- Directions | 22nd Judicial Circuit of Alabama - Covington County
Directions Click here for turn-by-turn directions using Google maps. Traveling from Montgomery Get on I-65 S Follow I-65 S to AL-106 in Georgiana. Take exit 114 from I-65 S Continue straight on AL-55 S Turn left onto US-84 W Turn left onto M L King Jr Expressway Turn right onto N Cotton Street and follow to Court Square Traveling from Mobile Get on I-65 N Follow I-65 N to US-84 E in Conecuh County. Take Exit 93 from I-65 N Turn right onto US-84 W, follow to Andalusia Turn left onto M L King Jr Expressway Turn right onto N. Cotton Street, follow to Court Square Traveling from Dothan Get on US-84 W Follow AL-134 W towards Opp Turn left on US-84 W Turn left on Stanford Road Continue on to E 3 Notch St to Court Square
- Directory | 22nd Judicial Circuit of Alabama - Covington County
Directory Judges are prohibited from discussing cases pending before the court. Alabama Canons of Judicial Ethics 3(A)(4) . For General Inquiries in the Circuit Court : Call 334-428-2576 or 334-428-2581 For General Inquiries in the District Court : Call 334-428-2571 Charles A. "Lex" Short charles.short @alacourt.gov Circuit Judge, Place One 334-428-2576 Benjamin M. Bowden benjamin.bowden @alacourt.gov Circuit Judge, Place Two 334-428-2581 Julie S. Moody julie.moody @alacourt.gov District Judge 334-428-2571 Pam Cottle pam.cottle @alacourt.gov Judicial Assistant 334-428-2576 Cindy Myers firstname.lastname@example.org Judicial Assistant 334-428-2581 Patience Kimbril email@example.com Judicial Assistant 334-428-2571 SueAnne Casey sue.casey @alacourt.gov Court Reporter 334-428-2504 Melissa Martin melissa.martin @alacourt.gov Court Reporter 334-428-2505
- Judges | 22nd Judicial Circuit of Alabama - Covington County
Judges Honorable Lex Short CIRCUIT JUDGE - PLACE 1 Admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1988, Judge Charles A. “Lex” Short currently serves as the Presiding Circuit Judge of the 22nd Judicial Circuit of Alabama, a title he has held since 2015. Judge Short has served as a Circuit Judge since originally taking office in January 2001. Judge Short graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Business Administration in 1985. Upon graduating from Auburn, he enrolled in the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, and graduated with honors in 1988. During his time at Jones School of Law, Judge Short was a law clerk to the the former governor - and at that time - Judge John Patterson on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. Throughout his nineteen years on the bench, Judge Short has presided over thousands of matters in criminal – including capital murder cases – civil, probate, and domestic relations court. In 2009, Judge Short established the 22nd Judicial Circuit Drug Court and has served as the Drug Court Judge since its creation. Since its inception, the Drug Court has directly affected the lives of hundreds of drug addicted individuals, and, as a result, reduced recidivism rates and the prison population. Prior to his election onto the bench, Judge Short was in the private practice of law with a general law practice. Judge Short also served as an Assistant District Attorney for ten years as a felony prosecutor for the District Attorney’s Office of the 22nd Judicial Circuit. As an Assistant District Attorney, Judge Short prosecuted over 150 felony jury trials to verdict. In private practice, Judge Short handled matters in criminal, civil, domestic relations, juvenile, probate, and municipal courts. While in private practice, Judge Short also served as the City Attorney and Municipal Court Prosecutor for the City of Opp, town of Red Level, and the town of Lockhart. He also served as the Public Defender for the Municipal Court of Andalusia, Alabama. Judge Short has served in various charitable organizations for over twenty years. Judge Short has been a member - and in some instances, chairman - of Kiwanis Club of Andalusia, Andalusia United Fund, Lurleen B. Wallace Community College Foundation, and the Andalusia Football Foundation. Judge Short has served the youth of his community in many ways; he has coached numerous sports teams and actively speaks to young people about the inherent risks that drug use and abuse presents. Judge Short is married to the former Susan Jones of Andalusia. He and Susan have three children. They also have two grandchildren. Contact Judge Short Honorable Julie Moody DISTRICT JUDGE Judge Julie Sorrells Moody currently serves as the District Judge of Covington County, Alabama, an office she has held since her appointment by Governor Robert Bentley in April of 2014. Judge Moody was elected to the district judgeship in 2018. Judge Moody graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations/Journalism with a minor in Speech from Auburn University in 1990. While attending Auburn, Judge Moody was a member of the Auburn Tigerettes, serving as president in 1988-89. She was also a member of Chi Omega sorority. Upon graduation from Auburn University, Judge Moody enrolled in the Cumberland School of Law on the campus of Samford University where she received her Juris Doctor in 1993. During her time in law school, Judge Moody worked as a law clerk for the firm of Norman, Fitzpatrick, Wood, Williams & Parker. She also served an internship with the United States Attorney’s Office in Birmingham. Judge Moody was admitted to the Alabama Bar and began her legal career in 1993 as an associate at Buntin, Cobb & Shealy, P.A. in Dothan, AL. A lifelong resident of Covington County, she returned to work as an associate with Albrittons, Givhan, Clifton & Alverson in 1995. She became a partner in the firm in 1998. She handled numerous cases in the fields of worker’s compensation, insurance defense, municipal law and medical malpractice at the firm until her appointment as the District Judge in 2014. Judge Moody has also served our community in various ways throughout her career. Towards the beginning of her career she served as a Public Defender and Prosecutor for the Town of Lockhart, and then as the Prosecutor for the Town of Red Level. In addition, Judge Moody held the position of Municipal Judge for the City of Opp from 1996 until 2009. Judge Moody began work as the attorney for the Covington County Commission in 1996 and the Covington County Sheriff’s Department in 1999 and served in those positions until the time of her appointment as District Judge. Judge Moody also served as an attorney for the Town of Babbie, the City of Florala, and the Town of Red Level, during her years in private practice. Judge Moody was selected as a member of the 2006 Leadership Forum of the Alabama State Bar and served as the President of the Covington County Bar Association from 1997-98. She served on the Board of Directors of the LBW College Scholarship Foundation from 1998 until 2000, when she was president. Judge Moody is a resident of Opp, where she is a member of the First Baptist Church. She and her husband, Rothel, have two children, Trey and Caroline. Contact Judge Moody Honorable Ben Bowden CIRCUIT JUDGE - PLACE 2 Judge Benjamin M. Bowden holds the position of Circuit Judge of Covington County, Alabama, Place 2, having won that seat in the 2016 election. Prior to assuming his duties as Circuit Judge, Judge Bowden served as Covington County’s Probate Judge from November 8, 2008 until March 17, 2016. Judge Bowden attended the University of Alabama from 1985 to 1989. While at Alabama, he served as the Varsity Tennis Team Manager, was President of the Kappa Sigma Social Fraternity, and received his officer’s commission through the Air Force ROTC program. Judge Bowden received his juris doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1992. While in law school, he served on the editorial board of the Alabama Law Review and finished in the Top 10% of his graduating class. After graduation, Judge Bowden entered on active duty with the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps, serving at Bitburg AB, Germany, and Aviano AB, Italy. He left active duty in 1997 and joined the law firm of Albrittons, Clifton, Alverson, Moody, and Bowden, P.C. in Andalusia, Alabama, which was at that time the oldest law firm in continuous existence in the State of Alabama. Judge Bowden maintained a general litigation practice while also serving as the Municipal Prosecutor for the City of Andalusia and as an Assistant District Attorney. During this time, Judge Bowden successfully prosecuted two capital murder cases, one of which was the longest jury trial in the history of Covington County. Judge Bowden has remained a member of the Air Force Reserves since leaving active duty. In 2008, Judge Bowden deployed to Balad AB, Iraq, in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. He is currently assigned to the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School at Maxwell AFB, and holds the rank of Colonel. Judge Bowden has held various positions in the community, to include Chairman of the Covington County Republican Party, President of the Covington County Bar Association, Chairman of the Covington County Red Cross, Lay Delegate to the 2000 and 2004 General Conference of the United Methodist Church, President of the Andalusia Rotary Club, President of Andalusia Elementary PTO, and youth league coach. He is married to the former Angela Mobley. He and Angie have two children, Anna Beth, who lives and works in Dallas, Texas, and Sim, who is a Midshipman at the United States Naval Academy. Contact Judge Bowden
- About | 22nd Judicial Circuit of Alabama - Covington County
About Circuit Court Alabama's trial courts of general jurisdiction are the Circuit Courts. This court hears all civil matters where the amount in controversy exceeds $20,000, all criminal prosecutions involving felony offenses, and family court matters. The Circuit Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the District Court in all civil matters where the amount in controversy exceeds $6,000 but does not exceed $20,000, exclusive of interest and costs. Additionally, the Circuit Court exercises appellate jurisdiction over cases appealed from District Court, Probate Court , Covington County's Municipal Courts, and certain administrative and Municipal Boards. District Court Alabama's District Courts, generally, have original jurisdiction over criminal misdemeanors, hold preliminary hearings in felony prosecutions, and can receive guilty pleas in felony cases not punishable by death. The District Judge exercises concurrent jurisdiction with the Circuit Court in juvenile matters and in civil actions where the amount in controversy does not exceed $20,000; furthermore, the District Judge has exclusive jurisdiction over all civil actions where the amount in controversy, exclusive of interest and costs, does not exceed $6,000, which are considered "small claims cases." Judges Court House History Directory