The Supreme Court of Alabama is the highest court in the state of Alabama. The court consists of an elected Chief Justice and eight elected Associate Justices. Each justice is elected in partisan elections for staggered six year terms. The Governor of Alabama may fill vancancies when they occur for the remainder of unexpired terms. The current partisan line-up for the court is all Republican. There is no specific limitation on the number of terms to which a member may be elected. However, the state constitution under Amendment 328, adopted in 1973, prohibits any member from seeking re-election once they have attained the age of seventy years.
The Supreme Court of Alabama has the authority to review decisions by all the lower courts of the state and the authority to determine certain legal matters over which no other court has jurisdiction. If further has the authority to issue any necessary orders to carry out the general superintentance of the Court System of Alabama. It has exclusive jurisdiction over all appeals where the amount in dispute exceeds $50,000 as well as appeals from the Alabama Public Service Commission.
The Chief Justice of the Court serves as the administrative head of the Alabama Judicial System. The court further makes all rules govering administration, practice and procedure for all courts in Alabama. The exercise of this authority eliminates many technicalities which usually cause delays in trial courts and reversals in appellate courts.