Alabama Court Appearances Temporarily Suspended
On March 13, 2020, the Alabama Supreme Court issued an administrative order which suspended all court appearances for 30 days. On March 15, 2020, the Court issued a second order which clarified that the first order only applied to in-person court proceedings.
Alabama Department of Labor Ombudsman Availability
The Alabama Workers’ Compensation Reform Act of 1992 established an Ombudsman Program. Ombudsmen travel the state and assist with finalizing settlements and also act as mediators at no cost to the parties. Currently, it has been left up to the individual ombudsmen whether or not they wish to travel or attend in person mediations or benefit review conferences.