If a case is set for trial, both the city and the defendant are entitled to subpoena witnesses. If the defendant wishes to have a subpoena issued, the defendant and or defense attorney must submit a subpoena request form to the court at least 14 days in advance of the trial date.
Alabama law requires that all trials in municipal court be handled by a judge, not a jury. However, if you are found guilty and wish to appeal the decision you may request a jury trial in circuit court.
Basic Trial Procedure
- The case is called before the judge.
- The defendant is informed of his charges.
- Testimony is given and witnesses are questioned.
- Evidence is presented.
- Judge makes a ruling of guilty or not guilty.
- If not guilty the defendant is released and no fines or costs are assessed.
- If found guilty, appropriate fines, costs, and sentence are imposed.