Ex parte Burch
In Ex parte Burch, 730 So. 2d 143, 146 (Ala. 1999) the Court held that it has the discretion to treat a mandamus petition as a notice of appeal.
The Burch Court stated: "There is no bright-line test for determining when this Court will treat a particular filing as a mandamus petition and when it will treat it as a notice of appeal." (730 So. 2d at 146.)