Hon. Shanta Owens

Jefferson County, Alabama

Jefferson County, Unified Judicial System, State of Alabama

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The Honorable Shanta’ Owens

In November 2008, Judge Owens was elected to the bench to serve as a District Judge in the criminal division for the 10th Judicial Circuit of Alabama.  She is the Presiding Judge for the Drug Court program for the Birmingham Division of Jefferson County, a rehabilitation program for nonviolent drug offenders who want to live drug free lives.  She is a 1999 graduate of Alabama State University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems.  After completing her undergraduate studies, Judge Owens attended Louisiana State University School of Law and the Université D’ Aix-Marseille III in Aix-en-Provence, France where she enrolled in the dual degree program and received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Bachelor of Civil Law degrees.

Judge Owens is a member of the Alabama District Judges Association, Alabama State Bar Association, the Women Lawyers Section and Criminal Justice Section of the Birmingham Bar Association, and the Judicial Council of the Magic City Bar Association.

Contact Information

Office Staff:

Veneschia Walker - Judicial Assistant
David Walker - Bailiff
Derrick Wallace - Bailiff


Mel Bailey Criminal Justice Center, Room 305
801 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. N.
Birmingham, Alabama 35203

phone: (205) 325-5013