Probate Court Of Jefferson County, Alabama

Meet Our Judges

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Alan L. King

Judge of Probate, Place 1

Alan L. King graduated from the University of Alabama, Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, and from Birmingham Southern College with a Master’s in Public and Private Management.  Judge King practiced law in Jefferson County, Alabama for 18 years prior to his election as Jefferson County Probate Judge Place 2 in November, 2000, election as Probate Judge, Place 1 (Presiding Judge) in November, 2006, and re-election in 2012.  Judge King hears cases involving adult involuntary commitments, adoptions, probate of wills, guardianships and conservatorships, estate and conservator settlements, condemnations, claims against estates, legitimations, name changes, petitions for sale of real estate, and trusts.

Judge King has dockets at both the Birmingham and Bessemer courthouses.  He is also the Chief Election Official for Jefferson County.  Judge King is a member of the Alabama Bar Association, Birmingham Bar Association, Bessemer Bar Association, Alabama Probate Judges Association, where he has served as President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, and as Chairperson of the Continuing Education and Mental Health committees, the National College of Probate Judges, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and The Election Center.   Judge King received the State of Alabama NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Judicial Award in 2006.  He completed the General Jurisdiction Course at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, and completed the Law for the Probate Judges course in 2006 and 2010 at The University of Alabama Law Center through the Alabama Law Institute.  Judge King is a Certified Election/Registration Administrator through The Election Center, which is the premier election education training organization in the United States. He is a Fellow in the Alabama Law Foundation, and in the Birmingham Bar Foundation.

During his tenure as Presiding Judge, Probate Court has acquired a state-of-the-art judicial case management system, the Pioneer Technology Group Landmark land records system and Landmark Web  system, which has made it possible to search Jefferson County Land, Public and Marriage Records on-line (dating back at present to 1993), has commenced a long-range project to archive to preserve Jefferson County records dating back to the 1800’s and make them available on-line, implemented an improved and expanded Jefferson County Probate Court and Elections website and was instrumental in 2011 in founding the Probate Section of the Birmingham Bar Association, which is now one of the largest sections of the Birmingham Bar.

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Sherri C. Friday

Judge of Probate, Place 2

Sherri Coleman Friday graduated from the University of Alabama and Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. Judge Friday practiced law in Jefferson County, Alabama for 18 years prior to her election as Jefferson County Probate Judge, Place 2 in November, 2006, and re-election in 2012.

 Judge Friday hears cases involving adult involuntary commitments, adoptions, probate of wills, guardianships and conservatorships, estate and conservator settlements, condemnations, claims against estates, legitimations, name changes and petitions for sale of real estate.

She has dockets at both the Birmingham and Bessemer courthouses. 

Judge Friday is a member of the Alabama Bar Association, Birmingham Bar Association, the Alabama Probate Judges Association, and the National College of Probate Judges.

 Judge Friday received the State of Alabama NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Judicial Award in 2010 and completed the Law for Probate Judges Course in 2010 at the University of Alabama Law Center through the Alabama Law Institute.

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Elizabeth North

Deputy Probate Judge, Bessemer Division