Supreme Court and State Law Library

Supreme Court and State Law Library


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The Judicial Department is one of the three branches of government in Alabama, the others being the Executive and the Legislative. This building houses the Supreme Court, the Courts of Civil and Criminal Appeals, the State Law Library, and the Administrative Office of Courts. It is the first facility in the United States to house all of these entities under one roof.

The building occupies a full city block flanked by Dexter Avenue (north), McDonough Street (east), Washington Street (south), and Hull Street (west). The block is approximately 300' wide and 320' deep with a 47' grade change from its lowest point to its highest point. The building was designed jointly by Barganier, Davis, Sims Architects Associated of Montgomery and Gresham, Smith, and Partners of Birmingham.

The construction is concrete and steel. The design is neo-classical, featuring a dome and a pediment with columns. The exterior is faced with natural Indiana limestone with monumental steps like the ones gracing the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. The interior public spaces are finished in Carrara marbles from Italy. The building design consists of approximately 338,000 gross square feet on seven levels.

  • There are 700 doors in the building with 6 keys for each door.

  • The Basement level includes central mechanical equipment and a staff garage.

  • The Ground Floor level includes the Administrative Office of Courts, the Museum of Judicial History, and a visitor's parking garage.

  • The Main Lobby level is the main entry to the building. The Law Library and the Appellate Court Clerks' Offices flank the two-story Rotunda space. On the south side of the Rotunda is an outdoor landscaped courtyard.

  • The Second Floor houses the Courts of Civil and Criminal Appeals with their courtrooms flanking the gallery level of the Rotunda.

  • The Mezzanine Floor houses conference rooms, the computer lab, and the archival area and storage.

  • The Third Floor (top floor) houses the Supreme Court, with the Justices' suites arranged around the perimeter. The Supreme Court Courtroom beneath the great dome is directly over the Rotunda.

  • The space management consultant for the building was Michael Wong of Seattle, who plans judicial buildings and projects such departmental needs far into the future.

  • The building's Indiana limestone is the same limestone that was used in the Empire State Building, the National Cathedral, and the Pentagon. The building cost under $35 million, which, at under $100 per square foot, is considerably less than comparable buildings elsewhere. This is approximately the same amount as was spent on the restoration of the State Capitol. The Judicial Building was paid for by the sale of bonds.

  • The 10 columns you pass when you enter the building are 6' in diameter, 49' tall, and made of solid limestone from Indiana. They weigh approximately 75 tons each, which is approximately the weight of 15 African elephants. The capitals are handcarved replicas of the Ionic order design found on the Roman Coliseum.

Library Information


The library is located on the first floor of the Heflin-Torbert Judicial Building.


Alabama Supreme Court and State Law Library
300 Dexter Avenue Montgomery, AL 36104


The Library is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. except State holidays. (Calendar)

Contact Information

Supreme Court of Alabama
Court of Civil Appeals
Court of Criminal Appeals
State Law Library