Welcome to the Alabama Court Watch blog. Here you will find tools and resources that we hope will help you navigate your way through the Alabama judicial system should you ever, unfortunately, find yourself as a defendant. Our mission at Court Watch is multi-faceted.
We are a grassroots,judicial-reform, activist oriented group. It's no secret that the Alabama Judicial system is corrupt and anything but fair and just. In my own personal 4 1/2 year journey through the system as a defendant I saw violation's of citizens rights by judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys in every court session I ever attended. I came to understand that most citizens are unaware that their rights are being violated because they are unaware of what their rights are.
Alabama Court Watch will strive to educate every interested citizen of their rights in an Alabama court of law, of their rights during a police encounter, provide information on proper courtroom behavior, help you find an attorney, instruct you on how to make your attorney work for you, teach you how to file complaints against Judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys, should the need arise, and give you some important tips and tricks based on our first-hand experience in the Alabama judicial system.
Another aspect that we focus on here at Alabama Court Watch is monitoring the drug courts, with particular emphasis on tracking marijuana defendants on their journey through these courts. Why marijuana defendants, you might ask?
Because, we are convinced that the majority of the defendants that make up the bulk of drug court case loads are adult marijuana smokers who are not breaking any laws other than possessing small amounts of marijuana for personal use.
If that is the case then we will soon find ourselves facing a treatment crisis, not unlike the prison overcrowding crisis, where marijuana consumers, who are not addicts in need of intervention, take up all the treatment space and resources needed for those with real addictions to prescription narcotics, crack cocaine, methamphetimine and alcohol.
Court Watch is designed to collect and track that information in hopes of making the drug court system work properly. We also plan to use it in our future efforts to remove responsible, adult marijuana consumers out of the criminal justice system, thereby freeing up police and court resources which are better spent addressing serious crimes like murder, rape, assault, child molestation, robbery, burglary, auto theft and domestic violence. The average clearance rate for all reported crimes in the state of Alabama for 2005 was a lowly 19%.
As taxpaying citizens we are entitled to much better service from law enforcement and our judicial system. The only way to get it is through direct action.
If you would like to volunteer to be a court watcher in your area of the state, want to share your experience in drug court, or report and incidence or judicial misconduct please email us or call us at toll free 1-877-528-5647.
We are printing up booklets that will be used to educate citizen's of their rights in court, their rights during a police encounter, how to find an attorney, how to make an attorney work for them, and other critical information that any defendant needs to know. If you would like to reserve a copy email us with your name and address and we will mail one to you as soon as they are available.
Printing eats up a large portion of our small budget. If you would like to help offset the cost of printing these information booklets, which we will distribute for free, or if you think our mission of educating citizens of their rights in court and exposing judicial misconduct are important ones and you would like to help us further it in the state of Alabama please support our work with a monetary contribution.
You may also mail a contribution to us at:
PO Box 504
Alexander City, AL 35010
**Please Note: We are in the process of applying for tax exempt status. At this time your contribution will not be tax deductible.**