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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 (https://courts.arkansas.gov/) 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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24, Oct 2014 - Dahlia Lithwick: Arkansas voter ID decision based on 1865 case protecting ex-Confederates' righ
Slate's incomparable legal correspondent Dahlia Lithwick points out a sweet irony in the Arkansas Supreme Court' s huge decision this week that struck down the state's voter ID law: The court cited precedent in a case dating from 1865 that positively affirmed the rights of ex-Confederate soldiers to vote in Arkansas. Immediately after the war, Lithwick writes, a pro-Union Arkansas legislature ...
24, Oct 2014 - Arkansas, AR Prison board names Norris interim chief
For 16 years, Larry Norris served as director of the Arkansas Department of Correction before retiring at the beginning of 2010. Now, at 65, Norris will return to the prison system as interim director when Director Ray Hobbs retires Oct. 31.
24, Oct 2014 - Arkansas, AR Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Religious Beard Case
The Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday in the case of a prisoner in Arkansas who says he must be allowed at least a half-inch beard or his Constitutional right to his religious practices is being violated.
24, Oct 2014 - Lepanto, AR Officials talk recycling at intergovernmental meeting
During the quarterly intergovernmental council meeting in Harrisburg Tuesday, County Judge Charles Nix and Jamie Wright with East Arkansas Planning and Development District (EAPDD) spoke at length...
24, Oct 2014 - Little Rock, AR US judge won't delay Arkansas marriage lawsuit
A federal judge has denied Arkansas' request to delay proceedings in a lawsuit challenging the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.
24, Oct 2014 - Benton, AR Dozens Charged in Arkansas Oxycodone Conspiracy
Federal Court officials roundup 33 defendants.
24, Oct 2014 - Poinsett, AR Republican party of Arkansas files complaint against attorney general candidate
The chairman of the Republican Party of Arkansas filed a complaint with the Arkansas Ethics Commission on Tuesday against an Attorney General candidate.
24, Oct 2014 - Arkansas, AR Communities Pitch for New Arkansas Prison
Several Arkansas cities and counties have submitted proposals to host a proposed $100 million prison that would house maximum-security inmates in the state.
24, Oct 2014 - Lawrence, AR Inmate beards, Facebook threats on U.S. top court's docket
Supreme Court opens on Monday a new term in which the nine justices will decide issues such as whether a Muslim prison inmate can have a beard and whether a man can be prosecuted for making threatening statements on Facebook. Arkansas inmate Gregory Holt's challenge to a state prison grooming policy will be heard on Tuesday. Holt's lawyers note that 44 state prison systems and the federal ...
24, Oct 2014 - Increasing the minimum wage is good for the economy
If the Arkansas Supreme Court doesn't get in the way — and, unfortunately, some sloppy early canvassing practices gave the court some room — I think Arkansas voters are prepared to increase the minimum wage and the likelihood is so great that opponents might not muster much of a campaign in opposition. Steve Stephens, of course, inherited millions from his daddy and can write the check single ...
24, Oct 2014 - Cross, AR In Theory: Does a prisoner have a right to facial hair?
The U.S. Supreme Court this month heard the case of Gregory Holt, a prisoner serving a life sentence in Arkansas who says he wants to grow a beard in observance of his religious beliefs. The state of Arkansas considers the converted Muslim, who now calls himself Abdul Maalik Muhammad, to be dangerous and prison officials maintain that a beard can cause a security risk. The Supreme Court is ...
24, Oct 2014 - Same-Sex Marriage Cases To Reach Arkansas, Federal Courts On Same Day
LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a state-court challenge to Arkansas’ same-sex marriage ban on the same day that a federal judge hears arguments in a federal challenge to the ban.
24, Oct 2014 - Mississippi, AR Communities make pitch for new Arkansas prison
Several Arkansas cities and counties have submitted proposals to host a proposed $100 million prison that would house maximum-security inmates in the state.
23, Oct 2014 - Busy day at Arkansas Supreme Court, with alcohol, minimum wage on schedule
The Arkansas Supreme Court was busy today, both with opinions, scheduling in the same-sex marriage case and a list of oral arguments that included whether a local option alcohol question will be allowed in Saline County and whether a proposal to increase the minimum wage will make the statewide ballot. I'm seeking some insight on how arguments went on Saline alcohol and the minimum wage. In both ...
23, Oct 2014 - Benton, AR Escaped Arkansas inmate caught near Fouke
FOUKE — Arkansas prison officials say they have caught an escaped inmate who walked away from a work crew last week. A spokeswoman for the Department of Community Correction said officers caught 35-year-old Jeremy Pifer on Wednesday hiding in a shed near Fouke in southwestern Arkansas.
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