On August 22, 2021, the Alabama Supreme Court issued Administrative Order No. 13, which declared a temporary state of emergency for the entire Judicial
Branch of the State of Alabama due to recent increases in COVID-19 infections. The Order expressly provides that, subject to any party’s substantive
or constitutional rights, any Alabama rule or statute that impedes a judge’s or court clerk’s ability to utilize available audio/visual technologies
is suspended until November 29, 2021.
Judges are now temporarily authorized to use their discretion to allow any discovery, testimony, appearance, proceeding, hearing, review, or bench trial
to be conducted by audio/video technologies upon making a written finding that, for good cause shown, time is of the essence for the administration