Alabama Legislative Year in Review: Study business courts; merit selection for some judges; new retirement plan for judges and clerks elected/appointed after 2016

Law

HB 232 Increases small claims jurisdiction to $6,000.

SB 70 Expands merit selection system for filling interim judicial vacancies in Shelby County to include Probate Court. Requires approval by Shelby County voters. To appear on November 2016 ballot in Shelby County only.

SB 411 Establishes new retirement plans, known as Judges’ and Clerks’ Plan, for justices, judges, and circuit clerks first elected or appointed to their respective positions on or after November 8, 2016. Provides plan to operate under the Judicial Retirement Fund.

Adopted

SJR 50 Creates Business Litigation and Complex Litigation Study Committee to study possible creation of business courts/divisions.

SR 95 Requests Supreme Court advisory opinion on SB 453 regarding lotteries and gaming.