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 (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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22, Oct 2014 - U.S. 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.
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 - 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 - 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 - 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.
21, Oct 2014 - State doesn't object to expediting marriage case
LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas attorney general's office says it doesn't object to the state's highest court moving quickly on a lawsuit challenging a gay marriage ban.
21, Oct 2014 - Morgan Hill man sentenced for trafficking drugs to Southeastern U.S.
A federal investigation resulted in the arrest and conviction of a Morgan Hill man who supplied highly pure methamphetamine to western Arkansas drug dealers, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
21, Oct 2014 - Arkansas sex offender sentenced to federal prison for failing to register in Boulder
A sex offender from Arkansas has been sentenced to 41 months in federal prison after moving to Boulder and failing to register his change of address, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
21, Oct 2014 - Scott, AR Prison agency puts two on leave
The Arkansas Department of Correction placed two employees on administrative leave Wednesday while it investigates how a TV station was granted a prison interview with the man accused of killing a North Little Rock real estate agent.
21, Oct 2014 - The march toward marriage equality quickens
The state of Arkansas told the Arkansas Supreme Court today it doesn't object to a request by plaintiffs to expedite the state's appeal of Judge Chris Piazza's ruling striking down the ban on same-sex marriage. The attorney general's office said the case was argued extensively before Piazza and all parties have adopted the state's abstract of those eight hours of arguments. The questions of law ...
21, Oct 2014 - Judge: City's agenda poll not a meeting
FORT SMITH -- Fort Smith did not violate the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act when the city's clerk polled directors outside a meeting on removal of two proposed resolutions from an upcoming meeting agenda, a Sebastian County circuit judge ruled.
21, Oct 2014 - Hempstead, AR State owes area jails big bucks
As county sheriffs statewide begin to make their case for better reimbursement payments for state transition inmates, a survey of counties shows the eight counties in Southwest Arkansas are owed more than $600,000.
21, Oct 2014 - Sharp, AR Arkansas man gets 25 years in child rape case
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A Mississippi County jury has sentenced a man to 25 years in prison for raping an 11-year-old girl who was later found dead.
21, Oct 2014 - Little Rock, AR Arkansas Supreme Court becomes latest to strike down voter ID law
The seven-member court delivered an unusual decision Wednesday that was at once unanimous and split 4 to 3.
21, Oct 2014 - Independence, AR Residents fight to become own city to prevent annexation
The small community known as Southside in Independence County is trying to become a city within the county, according to court documents filed on Monday. A local organization, Keep Southside Free, filed a petition to protect itself “from unwanted annexation and control by the city of Batesville, Arkansas.”
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