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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20, Dec 2014 - Little Rock, AR Officials say special education unitary in Arkansas district
Attorneys in a longstanding Arkansas school desegregation case have filed a motion agreeing that special education in the Pulaski County Special School District is "unitary," or substantially desegregated.
20, Dec 2014 - Arkansas, Mississippi gay marriage bans overturned
© AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File FILE - In this file photo taken Nov. 20, 2014, attorney Cheryl Maples, left, and her colleague attorney Jack Wagoner leave federal court in Little Rock, Ark. A federal judge struck down Arkansas' gay marriage ban on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, which could pave the way for county clerks to resume issuing licenses.
20, Dec 2014 - Little Rock, AR Gay marriage supporters ask AG not to appeal judge’s ruling
LITTLE ROCK — Supporters of gay marriage delivered to Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s office on Wednesday more than 1,000 signatures from Arkansas residents who want McDaniel to forgo appealing a federal judge’s ruling striking down the state’s same-sex marriage ban.
20, Dec 2014 - Judge overturns Arkansas’ gay marriage ban
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas --- A federal judge struck down Arkansas' gay marriage ban on Tuesday, which could pave the way for same-sex marriages in another conservative southern state, though the ruling faces an appeal.   Judges across America have ruled against bans similar to Arkansas' since the U.S. Supreme Court struck part of a federal anti-gay marriage law in June 2013, and gay marriage ...
20, Dec 2014 - Little Rock, AR Arkansas Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments In Same-Sex Marriage Case
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ highest court heard oral arguments Thursday, but did not immediately issue a ruling, in a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
20, Dec 2014 - Federal judge overturns Arkansas' marriage ban
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge struck down Arkansas' voter-approved gay marriage ban Tuesday but stopped any rush to the altar by putting her order on hold so the state can consider an appeal.
20, Dec 2014 - Independence, AR Boxer Jermain Taylor Charged in Arkansas Shooting
Boxer Jermain Taylor charged in August shooting in Arkansas, faces up to 26 years in prison
20, Dec 2014 - Federal judge overturns same-sex marriage ban in Arkansas
Frances Burns LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Same-sex couples have a "fundamental right to marry" in Arkansas, a federal judge ruled Tuesday, staying her decision to give the state time to appeal.
20, Dec 2014 - Federal judge overturns Arkansas marriage ban
Arkansas's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage was struck down by US District Judge Kristine Baker, which could pave the way for county clerks to resume issuing licenses. 
20, Dec 2014 - Federal judge overturns Arkansas' ban on gay marriage
U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled Tuesday in favor of a pair of same-sex couples who had challenged the 2004 constitutional amendment and an earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
20, Dec 2014 - Mississippi, AR Boxer Jermain Taylor charged in August shooting in Arkansas, faces up to 26 years in prison
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas prosecutors have charged champion middleweight boxer Jermain Taylor in a shooting at his home.
20, Dec 2014 - Little Rock, AR Arkansas Supreme Court to hear oral arguments
Justices with the Arkansas Supreme Court will hear arguments to determine whether a Pulaski County judge’s ruling overturning same-sex marriage bans will stand.
19, Dec 2014 - Madison, AR Judge Doug Martin Gets Censure Letter For Harassing Statements Made During Campaign
The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission on Friday (Nov. 21) issued a letter of censure to Washington County Circuit Judge Doug Martin for harassing statements made during his May campaign. Martin was “alleged to have committed violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct” during his reelection campaign, the letter states. He was reelected in […]
19, Dec 2014 - The Santa Claus Keeps Coming To The Legislature Edition
Max and Lindsey continue their regular feature on lawmakers abusing the new ethics law , and talk about the Arkansas Supreme Court , state government appointments and exits, a new civil rights ordinance in Fayetteville , Arkansas Baptist’s big bailout, a really expensive cab ride and the prospect of Bush v. Clinton II . Re: Lindsey's endorsement: Here's what Kinetic Sand is all about. Subscribe ...
19, Dec 2014 - Ouachita, AR Bates, Phelps promoted at ASU
Arkansas State University System President Charles L. Welch said Thursday (Dec. 18) the university has made a pair of personnel moves for the system. Welch announced the promotions of Julie Bates to executive vice president and Brad Phelps to university counsel in the system office.
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