On Friday, April 3, Governor Kay Ivey ordered Alabama residents to stay at home other than for essential activities. The order provides that legal services are "essential services."
In line with the Governor's order, Chief Justice Tom Parker issued an order and travel authorization document for lawyers which "authorizes court employees and lawyers to travel and engage in activities reasonably necessary to provide essential functions and services for the court system in the State of Alabama without being cited or arrested for violating stay-at-home orders and other restrictions."
Alabama lawyers are fortunate that our State officials recognize the essential work we do for our clients. While we all continue to socially distance and protect ourselves and our families during this season, this order and authorization will help us keep the wheels of justice turning.