(a) It is the intent of this section to implement the amended federal court order, and related orders, dated October 31, 1985, Civil Action No. 84-C-1730-S, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Southern Division, in the case of Taylor, et al. v. The Jefferson County Commission, and subsequently redrawn by the county commission pursuant to Section 11-3-1.1.

Terms Used In Alabama Code 45-37-72

  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • United States: includes the territories thereof and the District of Columbia. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
  • year: means a calendar year; but, whenever the word "year" is used in reference to any appropriations for the payment of money out of the treasury, it shall mean fiscal year. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608

(b) There is created and established in and for Jefferson County a single-member district governing body. The Jefferson County Commission shall be composed of five members, elected from single-member districts one through five, inclusive, which districts are described in the amended federal court order dated October 31, 1985, and related orders, in Civil Action No. 84-C-1730-S in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Southern Division, in the case of Taylor, et al. v. The Jefferson County Commission, and subsequently redrawn by the county commission pursuant to Section 11-3-1.1.

(c) The members of the county commission shall be compensated as provided by law.

(d) Each commissioner shall have resided in the district at least one year before the general election and shall reside in the district during his or her tenure. Each commissioner, if filling a vacancy by appointment, shall have resided in the district at least one year before appointment and shall reside in the district during his or her tenure. The president of the commission shall be elected by the members of the commission and the commission shall assign the duties and jurisdiction of each commissioner.

(Act 97-147, p. 188, §§1-4; Act 2004-376, p. 611, §1.)