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Mobile County Clerk’s Office - District Civil and Small Claims Division

Shirley Mitchell - Supervisor
251-574-8525 - Phone
shirley.mitchell@alacourt.gov
Office Hours 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. • Our office does not close for lunch.

Pro se Alafile registration is available at https://alafile.alacourt.gov

General Information

Frequently Asked Questions - Small Claims

Information on Unlawful Detainer actions

Standing Order on Unlawful Detainer Actions
Unlawful Detainer/Eviction actions may only be filed by a lawyer or the person whose name is on the deed.  Read this Order for more information.

Mandatory URLTA Discovery Order
The Property Owner’s Affidavit, Plaintiff’s Affidavit of Ownership, and Tenant’s Affidavit referenced in this Order can all be found under the Forms tab, District Civil section, on this website.

URLTA Order and Notice of New Eviction Procedures

For other District Civil and Small Claims Court forms, see the Forms tab on this website and http://eforms.alacourt.gov/.

Filing Fees

  • Small Claims Case (Up to $1,500.00) - $61.00
  • Small Claims Case (for cases from $1,500.01 up to $3,000.00) - $135.00
  • Small Claims Case (for cases from $3,000.01 up to $6,000.00) - $224.00


  • District Civil Case - $256.00
  • Unlawful Detainer - $256.00


  • Copies (1 - 20 pages) - $5.00 (Additional Pages are $0.50)
  • Certifications - $5.00
  • Computerized Records Search - $10.00
  • Paper Records Search - $20.00
  • Archived/Microfilmed Records Search - $25.00


  • Garnishment - $30.00
  • Execution for Property - $30.00
  • Certified Mail:

  • Unrestricted 1 - 2 oz. $6.87+/-*
    Restricted 1 - 2 oz. - $15.72+/-*
    - add .20 for each additional ounce

  • Subpoena - $12.00
  • Additional Defendant Fee - $10.00
  • Additional Plaintiff Fee - $50.00


  • Deistrict Default and Summary Judgements - $50.00
  • Small claims default judgement over $3,000.00 - $50.00


  • Appeals:**

  • With Jury - $360.00
    Without Jury - $260.00

    All Court costs are prepaid and non-refundalbe
    Costs must be paid with cash, money order, or cashier's check.
    Personal checks are not accepted

    * Computer calculated amounts determined by weight
    **Additional costs may apply