Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore

Clerks' Offices-Wednesdays
3:57 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Ala. Circuit Clerks' Offices To Open On Wednesdays

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has issued an order saying the offices will be open to the public each day effective July 1.
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Circuit clerks' offices are going to reopen on Wednesdays.

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has issued an order saying the offices will be open to the public each day effective July 1.

Moore ordered the offices closed to the public on Wednesday beginning in March 2013 because he said understaffing had put the offices behind on recording and filing cases. The employees used Wednesdays to catch up. Now Moore says the backlog in paperwork has been reduced and judges have told them the offices are ready to resume a normal schedule.

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Politics & Government
1:54 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Roy Moore Issues Dissent in Obama Citizenship Case

Ala. Chief Justice Roy Moore says the Ala. Secretary of State should have determined if President Obama was qualified to be on a state ballot. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Chief Justice Roy Moore says Alabama's secretary of state should have been required to determine whether President Obama was born in the United States and qualified to be on the state ballot in 2012. The all-Republican Alabama Supreme Court on Friday upheld a lower court's dismissal of a case that sought to require the secretary of state to demand a birth certificate from presidential candidates. Moore and Justice Tom Parker dissented. Moore writes the secretary of state is a gatekeeper and has a duty to determine if candidates are natural-born U.S. citizens.

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Rewriting Constitution
5:18 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Constitution Revision Advocates Aren't Giving Up

Advocates of rewriting Alabama's 113-year-old Constitution say they are not giving up even though the process has stalled.
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Advocates of rewriting Alabama's 113-year-old Constitution say they are not giving up even though the process has stalled.

The Legislature has been working since 2011 to rewrite the Constitution article by article. A Senate committee delayed action on four proposed articles after Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and Justice Tom Parker issued advisory opinions questioning the legality of the process.

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Politics & Government
2:35 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Roy Moore Joins Fight Against Gay Marriage

Chief Justice Roy Moore
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Known for fighting to display the Ten Commandments in his state's judicial building, Alabama's chief justice is jumping into the national gay marriage debate. Roy Moore has sent letters to all 50 governors urging them to get their legislatures to call for a convention to add an amendment to the U.S. Constitution recognizing only unions between one man and one woman. Moore says the country's moral foundation is under attack, and a state-initiated convention under Article V of the Constitution is the only way to stop it. An Article V convention has never been held.

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Court-College Support
4:40 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Ala. Supreme Court Issues Major Divorce Ruling

The Alabama Supreme Court's ruling reversed a decision issued in 1989 that said a judge could order a non-custodial parent to pay college costs passed age 19.

The Alabama Supreme Court has reversed a 24-year-old precedent and ruled that a judge may not require a non-custodial parent in a divorce case to pay college costs for children over the age of 19.

The court's 6-2 ruling reversed a decision issued in 1989 that said a judge could order a non-custodial parent to pay college costs passed age 19.

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Roy Moore-Rotary Club
4:53 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Ala. Chief Justice Says 300 Court Layoffs Possible

Alabama Chief Justice Chief Justice Roy Moore warns of 300 court layoffs as a result of budget issues.
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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore says the state's court system has $38 million less now than when he took office for the first time in 2001.


Moore told members of the Montgomery Rotary Club Monday that the financial situation has become dire. He says there are 498 less court employees now than in 2001, and another 300 may lose their jobs under budget proposals being considered by the Legislature.

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Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore
5:44 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Ala. Chief Justice to Address Rotary Club Monday

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is set to speak at the Montgomery Rotary Club Monday March 18, 2013.
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Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is to speak to the Montgomery Rotary Club about the state of the Alabama Judiciary.

Moore is scheduled to address the Rotarians at noon Monday at the RSA Activity Center at 201 Dexter Ave. in Montgomery. He will also address budget matters that affect the judiciary and are currently being discussed in the Legislature.


As chief justice Moore is also the head of the court system in Alabama.


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Court Finances
4:56 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Chief Justice Moore Orders Clerks' Offices Closed Wednesdays

Chief Justice Roy Moore has ordered that Ala. circuit and district clerk offices be closed to the public on Wednesdays starting March 20.
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Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has ordered that circuit and district clerk offices in Alabama be closed to the public on Wednesdays because of a financial crisis facing the court system.


The order was released Thursday. Moore ordered the clerks' offices be closed every Wednesday beginning March 20. Moore ordered clerks to place notice of the closings in public places inside and outside their offices. The chief justice said the employees of the clerks' offices would continue to work their regular office hours on Wednesdays.

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Politics & Government
6:24 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Ala. Chief Justice: Budget Plan Wiping Out Courts

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.
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Alabama's new chief justice, Roy Moore, says the judicial system is being cut out of existence.


Moore says the state General Fund appropriation for the court system is less now that when he began his first term in 2001. He said legislation passed last year to increase court fees isn't producing the revenue that state officials forecast for the courts. He predicts that Gov. Robert Bentley's proposed budget for the courts in the new fiscal year will leave a $19 million shortfall and cause more layoffs.