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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18, Sep 2014 - Poinsett, AR County judges oppose alcohol sales amendment
Arkansas county judges have adopted a resolution in opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize alcohol sales in all 75 Arkansas counties. Of course they did. The news release didn't reveal the vote but 37 of Arkansas's 75 counties are dry (not counting private clubs). And several counties that are wet (think Conway, Greene and Poinsett, particularly) get a huge ...
18, Sep 2014 - Arkansas Supreme Court upholds suspension of Skylar Tapp's law license
The Arkansas Supreme Court today affirmed a 90-day suspension and $10,000 fine of Hot Springs lawyer John Skylar Tapp for misconduct in a paternity case. Tapp, according to the opinion, first agreed and took a fee to represent a woman seeking to establish paternity, but she changed lawyers after Tapp had learned details of the case. He refunded most of the payment. He later was hired to ...
18, Sep 2014 - Faulkner, AR 'Neauxjudge' β€” Supreme Court fires Maggio
Mike Maggio is now a former Faulkner County Circuit Judge. The Arkansas Supreme Court ordered Maggio removed from office today, with Chief Justice Jim Hannah writing that suspension with pay until the end of Maggio’s term was an inappropriate sanction. read more
18, Sep 2014 - Rogers, AR Friends of Brandon Barber Call for Leniency
Disgraced northwest Arkansas real estate developer Brandon Barber wants to be sentenced to five years or less in federal prison instead of the nearly 20 years that federal prosecutors are pushing for. His friends have filled a court filing with supportive statements.
18, Sep 2014 - Man convicted in Illinois deaths faces Mo. trial
ST. LOUIS (AP) β€” A man already serving life sentences in Illinois for six killings in 2008 will face trial in Missouri on charges that he killed an Arkansas couple that same summer, though a prosecutor said those languishing proceedings likely won't come anytime soon.
18, Sep 2014 - Rogers, AR Ark. prosecutor clears Rogers attorney in case
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas prosecutor has cleared the city attorney of Rogers of criminal wrongdoing following allegations he impersonated a police officer.
18, Sep 2014 - Arkansas judge loses job over online comments
The top court in Arkansas has ordered the immediate dismissal of a judge who leaked confidential details about an adoption involving Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron, according to court documents. Faulkner County Circuit Judge Michael Maggio admi...
18, Sep 2014 - How Nick Marshall chose Auburn
When Nick Marshall was being recruited out of a Kansas junior college, his first scholarship offer came from Arkansas State and coach Gus Malzahn. The more he played, bigger offers started rolling in. Kansas State was one of those that put the full-court press on Marhall. But the combination of the Wildcats taking Jake Waters and Malzahn moving to a big-time SEC program convinced Marshall to ...
18, Sep 2014 - Arkansas judge suspended for leaking details of Charlize Theron's adoption
Veronica Linares CONWAY, Ark., Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A state judge who admitted to revealing information regarding the adoption of Charlize Theron's son Jackson in 2012 has been removed from office.
18, Sep 2014 - Rogers, AR Rogers Man Charged With Kidnapping
ROGERS (KFSM) – A Rogers man appeared in U.S. Magistrate Court on Friday (Sept. 5) and was charged with kidnapping, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas. Jose Garcia-Chavez, 26, was charged with kidnapping after authorities said he kidnapped someone on May 19 and took the victim from […]
18, Sep 2014 - Judge posting online about Theron adoption ousted
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) β€” Arkansas' highest court ordered the immediate removal of a judge on Thursday for disclosing confidential details about an adoption involving actress Charlize Theron's child and making off-color remarks in an online forum.
18, Sep 2014 - The judicial marketplace in Arkansas
When the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the old maxim "money speaks" needed to be in the Constitution and, in fact, was already there hiding in the First Amendment, it took a while for the concept to root in remote Arkansas. by Ernest Dumas When the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the old maxim "money speaks" needed to be in the Constitution and, in fact, was already there hiding in the First ...
18, Sep 2014 - How the Arkansas Times survived poverty, the Dixie Mafia, the U.S. Supreme Court and Mike Huckabee
An oral history of the first 40 years. What follows is a compilation of quotes from an oral history project initiated by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and phone interviews. Quotes have been edited for length and clarity. Sept. 5, 1974 First issue. Alan Leveritt (founder, publisher): We printed the first issue with $200 that I got from Jim Bell, who owned Publisher's Bookshop in ...
18, Sep 2014 - Lawsuit claims DA Walter Reed had man arrested because he provided info to FBI
An Arkansas man who claims he was unfairly arrested in Washington Parish has sued District Attorney Walter Reed and a Franklinton pastor in federal court, claiming the two had him arrested as retaliation for providing information to the FBI about...
18, Sep 2014 - Rogers, AR Prosecutor clears Rogers attorney in case
FORT SMITH (AP) β€” An Arkansas prosecutor has cleared Rogers' city attorney of criminal wrongdoing following an investigation into allegations that he had impersonated a police officer. In a letter ...
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