Section 12-21-35

Certified transcripts of official governmental books, etc.; duty to furnish.

(a) All transcripts of books or papers, or parts thereof, required by law to be kept in the office, custody or control of any public officer, agent, servant or employee of any municipality, city or county of the State of Alabama or of the United States, when certified by the proper custodian thereof, must be received in evidence in all courts, and it is no objection to such transcript that the book from which it is taken is a copy of office books belonging to the United States. All such officers under jurisdiction and laws of the State of Alabama and counties and cities therein shall furnish all such transcripts of any documents, official books and papers in their possession, custody or control when requested so to do by any person, firm or corporation tendering to such officer or custodian of such records the proper amount of fees and charges required or necessary to pay for the making of such transcripts.

(b) Any person violating subsection (a) of this section as to furnishing transcripts of books, papers or parts thereof required by law to be copied by them shall, upon conviction, be fined not less than $50.00 nor more than $500.00 and may be sentenced to hard labor for the county for not more than 12 months, one or both, at the discretion of the court trying the same.

(Code 1867, §2697; Code 1876, §3049; Code 1886, §2785; Code 1896, §1816; Code 1907, §3983; Acts 1921, Ex. Sess., No. 41, p. 52; Code 1923, §§5031, 7681; Code 1940, T. 7, §§393, 394.)