The Administrative Office of Courts, in conjunction with the Alabama State
Bar Leadership Class and a Task Force of Bar Leadership Alumni Class members,
has completed a 20 month comprehensive study of state and local court costs in
each county. The study now incorporates the prior state court cost distribution
table as well as all local court costs created by constitutional amendment
and/or statute through November 2012. This is the first time the court cost
distribution charts incorporate local court costs and distribution recipients
along with legal authorities for each county. We hope this information will be
useful to anyone who needs local cost information as well as to the Bar, the
Legislature and local officials when any local court cost increase is being
We invite everyone to review the court cost reports. If you have
questions, please send an email with your thoughts, comments or questions to
The court system expresses its appreciation to the Alabama State Bar
Association, Brenda Ganey, and the Jones School of Law interns who have worked
diligently on this project.
A four year comparative report of statewide filings and dispositions by
type of case has also been posted along with the statewide collections. The
Unified Judicial System collected more than $155 million in fiscal year 2012.
A report reflecting the status of collection of outstanding costs, fines
and fees owed along with amounts which have been referred by statute to the
District Attorney’s Restitution and Recovery Units by county will be added by
January 9, 2013.
Any questions about these reports or any matter regarding the website
should be sent to