§ 27-55-1 Short title
§ 27-55-2 Definitions
§ 27-55-3 Prohibited practices; disclosure of information
§ 27-55-4 Statement of reasons for adverse action
§ 27-55-5 Application
§ 27-55-6 Complaint; investigation; relief
§ 27-55-7 Enforcement
§ 27-55-8 Construction
§ 27-55-9 Search of files

Terms Used In Alabama Code > Title 27 > Chapter 55

  • abuse: The occurrence of one or more of the following acts by a family or household member, as defined by subdivision (3) of subsection (b) of Section 15-10-3:

    a. See Alabama Code 27-55-2

  • ABUSE STATUS: The fact that a person is or has been the subject of abuse and has sustained abuse-related medical conditions or has incurred abuse-related claims. See Alabama Code 27-55-2
  • ABUSE-RELATED CLAIM: A claim under an insurance policy or health benefit plan for a loss which resulted from an act of abuse as defined in this chapter. See Alabama Code 27-55-2
  • ABUSE-RELATED MEDICAL CONDITION: A medical condition sustained by a subject of abuse which arises in whole or in part out of an act or pattern of abuse as defined in this chapter. See Alabama Code 27-55-2
  • Acquittal:
    1. Judgement that a criminal defendant has not been proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
    2. A verdict of "not guilty."
  • Adjourn: A motion to adjourn a legislative chamber or a committee, if passed, ends that day's session.
  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Annuity: A periodic (usually annual) payment of a fixed sum of money for either the life of the recipient or for a fixed number of years. A series of payments under a contract from an insurance company, a trust company, or an individual. Annuity payments are made at regular intervals over a period of more than one full year.
  • Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
  • APPOINTED COUNSEL: Any attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Alabama who is appointed by the court to represent an indigent defendant. See Alabama Code 15-12-1
  • APPOINTING AUTHORITY: In the case of employees in the offices of the elected officials of the county, such elected officials, and means, in the case of all other county employees, the county governing body, or the board or other agency supervising their work. See Alabama Code 45-48-121
  • Arraignment: A proceeding in which an individual who is accused of committing a crime is brought into court, told of the charges, and asked to plead guilty or not guilty.
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
  • board: The personnel board created by this part. See Alabama Code 45-48-121
  • Capital offense: A crime punishable by death.
  • commissioner: The Commissioner of the state Department of Insurance. See Alabama Code 27-55-2
  • CONFIDENTIAL ABUSE INFORMATION: Information about the acts of abuse or abuse status of a subject of abuse, the address and telephone number, home and work, of a subject of abuse, or the status of an applicant or insured as a family member, employer, or associate of, or a person in a relationship with a subject of abuse. See Alabama Code 27-55-2
  • county: Marshall County, Alabama. See Alabama Code 45-48-121
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • director: The Director of the Office of Indigent Defense Services. See Alabama Code 15-12-1
  • employee: Any person, including law enforcement officers, not excepted by Section 45-48-121. See Alabama Code 45-48-121
  • EVIDENCE OF ABUSE: A court order, police report, medical report, or report from the Department of Human Resources, or a shelter for domestic violence victims, indicating that the insured is or has been the subject of abuse. See Alabama Code 27-55-2
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Habeas corpus: A writ that is usually used to bring a prisoner before the court to determine the legality of his imprisonment. It may also be used to bring a person in custody before the court to give testimony, or to be prosecuted.
  • HEALTH BENEFIT PLAN: A policy, contract, certificate, or agreement offered by a health carrier to provide, deliver, arrange, pay for, or reimburse any of the costs of health care services or health care benefit. See Alabama Code 27-55-2
  • HEALTH CARRIER: A person or entity subject to regulation under this chapter who or which contracts or offers to contract to provide, deliver, arrange for, pay for, or reimburse any costs of health care services including, without limitation, a sickness and accident insurance company, a health maintenance organization, mutual aid associations, a fraternal benefit society, a hospital service corporation, or any other entity providing a plan of health insurance, including entities created pursuant to Article 6 (commencing with Section 10A-20-6. See Alabama Code 27-55-2
  • INDIGENT DEFENDANT: Any person involved in a criminal or juvenile proceeding in the trial or appellate courts of the state for which proceeding representation by counsel is constitutionally required or is authorized or required by statute or court rule, including parents of children during the termination of parental rights hearings, who under oath or affirmation states that he or she is unable to pay for his or her representation, and who is found by the court to be financially unable to pay for his or her representation based on a written findings as further provided below that the person is indigent based on one of the following criteria:

    a. See Alabama Code 15-12-1

  • INDIGENT DEFENSE SERVICES: Those legal services that are necessary for representation of an indigent defendant. See Alabama Code 15-12-1
  • INDIGENT DEFENSE SYSTEM: Any method or mixture of methods for providing legal representation to an indigent defendant, including use of appointed counsel, use of contract counsel, or use of public defenders. See Alabama Code 15-12-1
  • insured: A party named on a policy or health benefit plan as the person with legal rights to the benefits provided by the policy or health benefit plan, except that for life insurance, insured means the person whose life is covered under the policy. See Alabama Code 27-55-2
  • insurer: A person or other legal entity engaged in the business of insurance in this state, including agents, brokers, adjusters, and third-party administrators. See Alabama Code 27-55-2
  • MERIT EMPLOYEE: Any employee who has completed his or her six months of probationary employment. See Alabama Code 45-48-121
  • NONOVERHEAD EXPENSES: The reasonable expenses incurred during and directly related to an appointed counsel's legal representation of an indigent defendant including, but not limited to, mileage, postage, and reasonable costs of photocopying. See Alabama Code 15-12-1
  • office: The Office of Indigent Defense Services. See Alabama Code 15-12-1
  • OTHER TERMS: Terms not otherwise defined by this chapter shall have the meanings given to them in this title, known as the Alabama Insurance Code. See Alabama Code 27-55-2
  • policy: A contract of insurance, certificate, indemnity, suretyship, or annuity issued, proposed for issuance, or intended for issuance by an insurer, including endorsements or riders to an insurance policy or contract. See Alabama Code 27-55-2
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.
  • SUBJECT OF ABUSE: A person, including a minor child, against whom an act of abuse has been committed a. See Alabama Code 27-55-2
  • TRIAL COURT: Any juvenile, district, or circuit court of the State of Alabama, not including municipal or probate courts of the State of Alabama. See Alabama Code 15-12-1
  • Writ: A formal written command, issued from the court, requiring the performance of a specific act.
  • Writ of certiorari: An order issued by the Supreme Court directing the lower court to transmit records for a case for which it will hear on appeal.