Courts in Arkansas
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Each of Arkansas's 75 counties has at least one circuit court. Arkansas's circuit courts hear criminal, civil, domestic violence, juvenile, and probate matters. Arkansas's district courts hear smaller-value civil cases and criminal misdemeanors. There are also two branches of the Arkansas appellate court system the Court of Appeals, and the Arkansas Supreme Court. Some Arkansas cities also have municipal (city) courts which mainly handle violations of city ordinances.
If you're looking for Arkansas public court records, the state's CourtConnect service will provide you with basic case information and a list of case activity based on a search of party name or case number. This online database includes a limited number of counties, but additional counties are being added. Although most Arkansas court records can't be viewed online, the majority are considered public record and are available for inspection and copying. As policies vary, contact the Arkansas clerk of courts office for your county if you're seeking court records in Arkansas. The Arkansas Judiciary's website ( also provides several helpful links where you can search for a wide variety of information including Supreme Court opinions and current Supreme Court cases, court rules, criminal justice agency contact information, and Arkansas laws.
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23, Oct 2014 - Fayetteville, AR Batchelor honored
Western Arkansas Trial Practice Seminar honored Van Buren Attorney Fines Batchelor Friday morning with a $10,000 gift to the University of Arkansas School of Law in his honor. From left are School of Law Dean Stacy Leeds, Judge Jim Spears and Batchelor.
23, Oct 2014 - Suspect in real estate agent killing: ‘Because she was a rich broker’
UPDATED 9/30/2014 12:04 P.M. LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas New information in the case of the missing real estate agent found dead in a shallow grave. Arron Lewis, the suspect in the abduction and slaying of Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter, told reporters Tuesday that he pleaded not guilty to the charges only because his lawyer […]
23, Oct 2014 - Texas judge invalidates Voter ID law; GAO finds such laws depress turnout
A federal judge in Texas has enjoined enforcemen t of th e Texas voter ID law. The judge said the law amounted to a poll tax that discriminated against minorities. Arguments in Texas mirror those made i n a case pending before the Arkansas Supreme Court. Republicans have admitted that national efforts to pass voter ID laws were intended to depress voter turnout along constituencies — poor ...
23, Oct 2014 - Suspect in Arkansas Realtor murder wanted to plead guilty because he wanted ‘this to be over with
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (CNN) — Arron Lewis, the suspect in the slaying of Arkansas realtor Beverly Carter, emerged from a courthouse Tuesday and told reporters that he pleaded not guilty at the request of his lawyer but wanted to plead guilty because he just wanted “this to be over with,” video from CNN affiliate KARK […]
23, Oct 2014 - Fayetteville, AR Supreme Court rejects death row inmate’s claim in 2007 double slaying
The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the ineffective counsel claim of a condemned man from New Orleans who killed a Fayetteville couple in 2007.
23, Oct 2014 - Beverly Carter's body found in shallow grave
Would you like to continue watching? Arron Lewis, the suspect in the abduction and slaying of Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter, told reporters Tuesday that he pleaded not guilty to the charges only because his lawyer told him to.
23, Oct 2014 - Jacksonville, AR Arkansas Realtor Found Dead
BREAKING: The body of missing Arkansas realtor Beverly Carter has been located north of the Little Rock area, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office said. Her body was found in a shallow grave. Arron Lewis, of Jacksonville, Arkansas, has been charged with capital murder. The Little Rock Police Department arrested Lewis after an arrest warrant issued […]
22, Oct 2014 - Arkansas man gets 5 years in child porn case
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A former University of Arkansas at Fort Smith professor has been sentenced to five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to receiving child pornography.
22, Oct 2014 - Arkansas, AR Dover woman gets 10 years for killing
An Arkansas woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for fatally shooting her boyfriend at a home they shared with his ex-wife.
22, Oct 2014 - Political Parties React to Voter ID Law Being Struck Down
Five days before early voting starts, Arkansas' Supreme Court has struck down the state's new Voter ID Law.
22, Oct 2014 - The coming lawsuit on inadequate public defenders
Coincidence. A public interest group in which I participate heard some preliminary discussion Tuesday about the possibility of a lawsuit challenging Arkansas's woeful underfunding of public defenders for people accused of crimes. Civil rights lawsuits, some involving the ACLU, have been filed in many locations around the country over lack of funding for public defenders, such as in New York ...
22, Oct 2014 - Barling, AR Barling “Career Criminal” Sentenced To 15 Years For Gun Violation
FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A Barling man labeled a “career criminal” was sentenced to 15 years in prison for being a felon and owning a firearm, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas Conner Eldridge. Michael G. Haney, 36, was sentenced to 180 months plus three years of supervised […]
22, Oct 2014 - Arkansas high court invalidates voter ID
"Please Have Photo ID Ready" signs greeted Arkansas voters during the May 5, 2014, primary election. / Danny Johnston, AP In a ruling that could affect a key U.S. Senate race, the Arkansas Supreme Court on Wednesday declared the state's voter-identification law unconstitutional.
22, Oct 2014 - Lincoln, AR Arkansans favor the death penalty: But a majority is favorable toward one alternative
The Arkansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty periodically polls state attitudes on the death penalty and it's provided me with its latest sounding. A solid, though declining, majority supports the death penalty. But significant support can be found for one alternative. Here are key findings by Opinion Research Associates of 402 likely voters. DEATH PENALTY 67 percent (46 strongly, 21 ...
22, Oct 2014 - Little Rock, AR Prison interview irks prosecutors
After taking measures in court to limit the case's publicity, Pulaski County prosecutors said Thursday that they were displeased to learn that the Arkansas Department of Correction had permitted a local TV station to interview the man accused in the slaying of North Little Rock real estate agent Beverly Carter.
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